The autonomous vehicle space mainly comprises of sensors, platforms, features, data engineering, mileage validation etcetera. Significant technology and business model innovations are being witnessed in each of these component areas, with a large number of new players bringing unique solutions. In addition to this, important functional areas such as vehicle integration, safety regulations, functional safety and security are being discussed in all forums as part of the autonomous drive. Much like the component space, the functional areas are also exploding with possible solutions and trade-offs.
In all of this, one key area that has not been brought to attention yet is the role of system engineering in the ecosystem, especially from the perspective of safety and system integration. In most cases, the clear value of system engineering has not been realised as the terminology itself is a new addition for the automotive industry. After having missed it initially, the leaders in the aerospace industry took strong initiatives to embed system engineering into the "product development life cycle".
Eventually, other adjacent industries such as railways, medical, and mining started adopting system engineering as a functional area. With autonomous vehicle programmes on the radar, one cannot afford to overlook it.