It can be easy, when considering embedded software use in automobiles, to assume that infotainment systems and similar solutions represent the majority of solutions. However, software actually plays an integral role in a variety or automobile controls, including engine functions and dashboard meter capabilities. The breadth of these solutions was clear in a recent company profile in The Gazette, a Colorado Springs-based news provider.
According to the report, Altia, a Colorado Springs-based company has worked on a variety of automobile software projects for a wide range of manufacturers.
To illustrate this, the news source explained that Altia software may be the only thing in common between a Lamborghini Veneno and a Dodge Dart. Altia's automobile software plays a major role in making speedometers and similar tools work.
This application for embedded software puts the importance of testing in the spotlight. Dashboard meters may not seem like an incredibly critical solution, but what would happen if, all of a sudden, a speedometer stopped working? Sure, some people may drive for a while estimating their speed if a speedometer is broken, but if it fails when a driver is on the middle of the highway trying to keep up with traffic there could be, at least, a moment of panic. These types of safety issues make embedded software testing key for almost any solution that is used in automobiles.