Perforce Software | Perforce’s Automotive Software Development Survey Finds Nearly 50% of Respondents Are Developing Electric, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Survey of more than 600 professionals finds adherence to secure coding standards such as MISRA top security concern; security and quality also top

Minneapolis, June 23, 2021 – Perforce Software, a provider of solutions for enterprise teams that need to increase productivity, visibility at scale within the SDLC, today released the results of a global survey of automotive technology professionals. Key findings indicate continued focus on software safety, security, and quality; the growing impact of electric vehicles and autonomous/connected vehicles on development, and continued focus on standards compliance.

Perforce Static Code Analysis Auto Survey

With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles and autonomous/connected vehicles, software has become even more important to vehicle development. However, increasing the scope of software in vehicles leads to many safety issues during development. Our survey found that the top three concerns of automotive software developers are safety (43%), safety (22%) and quality (21%).

“Electric, autonomous and connected vehicles are the future of the industry,” said Stuart Foster, product manager for Klocwork and Helix QAC at Perforce. “As more software components are added to these vehicles, ensuring the safety and security of that software remains is the car team’s biggest concern. “

Of those who are most concerned about security, 40 percent say their top concern is meeting customer expectations for compliance with secure coding standards such as MISRA.

“MISRA has been a cornerstone of automotive software development for many years, but without the right tools, such as static code analyzers, ensuring software compliance can be a time-consuming endeavor,” said Jill Britton, director of compliance at Perforce.

The development of electric, autonomous and connected vehicles is also affecting development teams. Most teams are working on some electrical components (48%), connected components (49%) and autonomous components (44%) to some extent.

The survey found that 88 percent use coding standards to ensure safe, secure and reliable code — 86 percent of them use MISRA and AUTOSAR. Additionally, 39 percent of respondents use static code analysis tools to help with compliance, and 44 percent use SAST tools to ensure software security.

As more and more software is being added to vehicles, approximately 70% of the team is leveraging game development techniques. The most common uses of game development technology are product testing (34%), digital twins (29%) and prototyping (19%).

“Game development technologies, including Unreal and Unity, are expected to be important drivers in the automotive vertical. Development teams in this segment are already using these technologies as part of their prototyping and testing activities to reduce development costs,” Perforce Katie Cole, Director of Product Marketing, Games and Virtual Production Evangelist.

Survey results are available at 2021 State of Automotive Software Development Survey Results.

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