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Evaluation of Design Options in Embedded Automotive Product Lines

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Applied Software Product Line Engineering


Taylor and Francis


This chapter discusses how to deal with scenarios as previous presented by putting a value on flexibility in the system solution. Thereby, it becomes clearer when to focus on short-term solutions and when to keep the long-term evolution of a product line in mind. The approach taken is to evaluate flexibility using a concept called Real Options. The method is motivated and described by using as an example an industrial area where very complex product lines occur, namely automotive embedded systems. To improve the usability of the method, a structured evaluation process is defined to aid practitioners such as developers and architects. The evaluation process provides a way of valuing system designs and enables the practitioner to think about the future in a systematic manner. The value of a flexible design can thereby be quantified, and the proposed process shows how it can be accepted by practitioners within the automotive industry.


author = {H{\aa}kan Gustavsson and Jakob Axelsson},
title = {Evaluation of Design Options in Embedded Automotive Product Lines},
isbn = {9781420068412},
editor = {V. Sugumaran, K. Kang and S. Park},
pages = {478--495},
month = {January},
year = {2010},
publisher = {Taylor and Francis},
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