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WCX 2021: Systems thinking pushing ahead

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  • 21AUTP06_09
Published June 01, 2021 by SAE International in United States
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There's a revolution brewing as engineers develop electric and autonomous vehicles that require multiple layers of complicated systems to come together. “This is the time in the automotive industry where we are at an immense inflection point, and without systems engineering, none of this would be possible,” said Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, VP of hardware for Motional Inc., an autonomous vehicle company formed by a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and supplier Aptiv.

Nuno-Whelan and other automotive industry panelists stressed the importance of systems engineering at “The Criticality of a System's Approach to Today's Propulsion” session during SAE's WCX 2021 virtual conference in April. Consultant Anne O'Neil was the session moderator. While systems engineering isn't a new approach, it is getting renewed attention from proponents. “The systems approach, I see it as an enabler for really highly capable systems,” said Stefan Koidl, VP of engineering for powertrain solutions at Bosch.