Siemens electric cars of the future could perform as 'rolling computers' controlled by centralized computing architecture. This vision was borne out of the Siemens RACE (Robust and Reliable Automotive Computing Environment for Future eCars) project. These cars could offer functions such as electrical braking using a plug-and-play process similar to that used in regular computers. New software functions and updates could be sent to vehicles as is currently done with smartphones.
These Siemens electric cars will provide a programming interface which offers access to vehicle sensors (such as cameras, the steering wheel and braking pedals) and actuators (such as the power steering motor and braking system).
The technology will allow for increased customization and will reduce development and integration times. New features can be added post-purchase to increase the car's performance and lengthen its life cycle.