Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills today announced it plans to open a software center in India. The center will be the latest addition to the company’s global software center portfolio, which includes centers in Saginaw, Poland, and China.
The new software center will focus on downstream software production and validation, ensuring quality and compliance with regulations. The other three centers will continue to focus on upstream software development and research and development.
"Nexteer's software business model and our enhanced global team structure is based on delivering innovative software solutions with speed, flexibility, and seamless vehicle integration for our global automotive OEM customers,” says Geoff Krieger, executive director of electronic systems and software at Nexteer. “The role of software in vehicles – and especially in safety-critical steering – is evolving quickly.”
Over the next several years, Nexteer plans to continue investing in software capabilities, which lays a safety-critical role, including cybersecurity, in its products.
"It's all about safety and performance. As vehicle technology evolves to include varying levels of advanced safety features and increasing levels of autonomous driving, our steering software ensures the safety net is always on in our Steer-by-Wire and Advanced Electric Power Steering systems,” says Krieger. “In addition to our hardware redundancies, our software is built for simultaneous, multi-path processing to strengthen this safety net.
"Software also plays a key role in cybersecurity. We not only design hardware modules on the semi-conductor level for cyber-secure steering, we also design software structures with multiple layers that identify and authorize information and command flow between the steering system and other controllers. As vehicles adopt more advanced electronics to enable automated driving, internet connectivity, and V2X communication, Nexteer's cyber-secure steering technologies become even more critical."
Nexteer Automotive is a multi-billion-dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, and driveline systems, as well as advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving technologies for OEMs.
The company has more than 13,500 employees, serves more than 50 customers worldwide, and has 24 manufacturing plants, three technical centers, and 14 customer service centers.