Software Product Line Conference, International (2008)
Sept. 8, 2008 to Sept. 12, 2008
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/SPLC.2008.9
Embedded automotive architectures and software need to support a large number of vehicle product lines over many years of production. This leads to a complexity and many uncertain factors when developing such systems and a need for support in the design process. An evaluation method using Real Options provides the opportunity to analyze the cost of designing for flexibility to cope with a future growth of a product line, based on the estimated value of the future functionality. In this paper Real Options is applied on a case within the automotive industry. To improve the usability an evaluation process is defined to aid engineers. This process provides a way of valuing system designs and enables the engineer to think about the future in a systematic manor. The value of a flexible design can thereby be quantified and the proposed process shows how it can be accepted by practitioners.
Real Options, architecture, automotive case study, sytem development, Evaluation process
H. Gustavsson and J. Axelsson, "Evaluating Flexibility in Embedded Automotive Product Lines Using Real Options," Software Product Line Conference, International(SPLC), vol. 00, no. , pp. 235-242, 2008.