Canada has announced a national research network that will develop advanced software for vehicles. The Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems (NECSIS) will use innovative approaches, such as model-driven engineering, to develop technologies for building smarter cars.
"Computer systems in vehicles are managing more and more operations and increasing in complexity," says McMaster University's Tom Maibaum, who will lead the effort. "That adds up to tens of millions of lines of software code that must work flawlessly and seamlessly together, and achieving this is becoming increasingly challenging using current approaches to software development."
NECSIS will receive $10.5 million from Automotive Partnership Canada over five years, and industry and academic partners will contribute $6.1 million. Network partners include Industry Canada, General Motors of Canada, IBM Canada, Malina Software of Ottawa, Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal, McGill University, Queen's University, and the universities of British Columbia, Toronto, and Victoria.
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