Main project objectives

Collect and evaluate future trends (automated driving, V2X, EdgeAI at the SDV and the connected infrastructure) to predict SDV related ones and derive high-level requirements for stakeholders (industry, government, research and community) and to deduce definitions of common non-differentiating building blocks (software components, containers, SDKs, services, …) that are reusable and scalable across departments and companies, taking into account already existing high-level requirements from the stakeholders and those already worked out in the sherpa group meetings.

Derive a common understanding (glossary) about building blocks in a layered service-oriented architecture with harmonized interfaces and required functionalities and features by organizing workshops with stakeholders and the community, and to strengthen the collaboration.

Prepare and maintain a roadmap on how to create the identified non-differentiating building blocks of an open Software-defined Vehicle Ecosystem. Identify and advise relevant RDI funding programs for missing building blocks, tools and technology developments.

Help to create a vibrant SDV community in Europe and furthermore, monitor the performance of the CSA initiative by measuring the activities as well as the support of the stakeholders and the community during the project lifetime.

Foster a European initiative, which continues the work of the CSA (FEDERATE) to orchestrate a strong open European collaborative community in maintaining and developing a European Software-defined Vehicle Ecosystem.

Work package structure

Project is executed in five work packages WP1 to WP5. The workflow and interactions between the different work packages and their agile iterations allow depicting the iterative, agile approach, matching the software projects in the SDV Ecosystem program.

  • Project lead
  • High-level communication
  • Project office, quality management


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WP1: The objective of this WP is to ensure a smooth and efficient project flow while adhering to the schedule, budget and overall project objectives. The project coordinator will be supported by a highly qualified back-office experienced in delivering funded research projects. A well-established project management structure with an escalation structure from “task owner” to “work package leader” to the “project coordinator” in combination with project steering members will provide the foundation for the successful execution of this project.

The coordination of all stakeholders inside and outside the project and their interests and an effective conflict and risk management are of highest priority.

  • Workshops with technical experts of projects in program (scientific board, automotive Initiatives)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WP2: WP2 takes care of high-level requirements and technologies solicitation. This is the first step of the strategic process cycle, feeding into the structuring, alignment, refinement, and backlog orchestration further downstream (WP3, WP4).

Solicitation takes place in an iterative, continuously working process, actively identifying potential gaps and addressing these by organizing workshops and other means of information gathering.

  • Goals / requirements & roadmap
  • Define orchestrated modules / layers and scenarios for reference architectures

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WP3: As the next step of the workflow in FEDERATE, WP3 analyses the list of requested new or modified modular building blocks from WP2 in the first task. The descriptions of the building blocks are refined, interfaces to other building blocks identified and/or defined. Terms used in the descriptions are aligned with the glossary maintained in WP2. Together with representatives of the industrial SDV initiatives, the building blocks can be associated with the different initiatives. The strategic (associate) partners prioritize the backlog of the building blocks every quarter.

  • Prepare communication with RDI projects, EC, National Authorities and PPP


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WP4:  As the final step in the workflow in FEDERATE, WP4 analyses the results of WP3 and identifies, which parts of the prioritized modular building block backlog require new cooperative projects. This requires an alignment workshops with EC funding programs, national funding programs, automotive SDV initiatives and relevant representatives of the strategic partner group in FEDERATE.

As an outcome (D4.1, D4.2, D4.3), recommendations for SDV content in new or planned upcoming calls of the relevant EC or national funding programs are drafted (e.g., proposals for focus topics in Chips-JU, CCAM, 2Zero or other relevant EC or national programs).

Additionally, a research roadmap (deliverable D4.3) is drafted and regularly updated, showing the proposed RDI activities leading to a successful implementation of the modular building blocks required to realize the SDV Ecosystem envisioned and described in the SDV Ecosystem vision document from WP2.

  • Ecosystem newsletter, info material, workshops
  • Review and disseminate deliverables
  • SDV Conference(s)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WP5: The purpose of WP5 is to engage the stakeholder network of the KDT and create a broader European SDV stakeholder community to

  • liaise with coordinators of European and nationally funded R&I projects on an SDV SW platform, SDV HW platform as well as with relevant R&I projects from the CCAM Partnership and the 2Zero Partnership;
  • set up and maintain a network and forum of experts in the different thematic fields of SDV;
  • facilitate the exchange of experiences, implemented technologies and solutions, and best practices;
  • define and integrate a strategy to communicate and disseminate project activities and results.

Close collaboration with other WPs is required to identify needs, gaps and exploitation potentials requiring stakeholder engagement. Dissemination and communication of FEDERATE are used to maximize the impact, visibility and promotion of the Software-defined Vehicle initiative of the European Commission. The aim is to inform as many relevant stakeholders of the automotive industry and the associated value chain as possible in order to:

  • guarantee success for the ambitious targets of the funded SDV projects;
  • maximize the dissemination of results and to express them in terms that are readily understandable to stakeholders in industry, suppliers, and governments in order to accelerate the implementation of the research findings;
  • promote the dissemination of the project findings through presentations at project workshops, technical conferences, scientific publications, and through the project website;
  • facilitate technology transfer and accelerate dissemination of the on-going project activities;
  • achieve an optimum knowledge management including appropriate handling of IPR, implementation, and exploitation of the obtained results.