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Access code. Using software to unlock better driving experiences.

Software and systems: Your key to unlocking more propulsion potential.

There’s no question the pace of vehicle electrification is intensifying. You’re pushing the boundaries in emissions, fuel economy, content and connectivity, as well as finding the power to run it all. And then there’s this hurdle: The driving experience. You must ignite the possible balanced with the practical to deliver vehicles that are both fun and functional.

It’s a lot of moving “parts.” Or is it? Given this balancing act, the secret to your success may not live only in the mechanical. Instead, software may be the key that unlocks it all.

Consider, since 2003, per vehicle:

  •  Processing speeds are 36-times faster.
  •  Memory usage is up more than 3,000 percent.
  • Software apps have nearly doubled, with an average of 1,500 needed to manage both control and diagnostic functions.

And these numbers are expected to increase as advances such as intelligent driving become mainstays.

That’s why, for more than 30 years, Delphi Technologies has nurtured and advanced our propulsion software and systems capabilities. Our aim: To partner with you – our customers – in ways that allow you to fully exploit both vehicle hardware and software to create value.


Cars and computers.

The marriage of cars and computers dates to the 1980s when more precise control of engines and transmissions were needed to meet emission and fuel economy requirements. Entertainment, braking and air conditioning systems would soon follow. Today, you’ll find software-enabled components and the mini-computers they plug into called Electronic Control Units (ECUs) on everything from cruise control to more recent advances such as collision avoidance and self-parking.

As vehicles take on more electrification in the propulsion arena in the form of hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs), software – along with on-board network creation and management – take on even greater importance. The car will not move without the right software running in the background, making propulsion work safely and seamlessly. Take a plug-in hybrid. The inverter and its software package manage the flow of energy from the battery pack to the motor. Using more than 1 million lines of code, the inverter keeps the power from the battery perfectly in sync with what the motor needs to make the vehicle go – go longer and go better.

a bubble graphic showing the growth of vehicle computer power, processing speeds, ECU pins and software apps from 2003 to 2018


Move to full electrics, and even higher levels of information sharing between the hardware emerges. So, does the need for on-vehicle private propulsion networks to manage it all.

At the heart of these networks are propulsion controllers, which are essentially the “servers” that govern the operation of the entire propulsion system. The propulsion controller also opens the doors to more computing power found in the cloud. Via the controller, the vehicle can access and leverage real-time traffic, construction, weather information and more to improve performance and efficiency. It can also manage over-the-air (OTA) diagnostics and software updates. And, someday, it could even download new model year features and upgrades to older vehicles, creating not only better ownership experiences, but new revenue streams for automakers and the aftermarket.

So, with all this complexity, all this potential, selecting the right propulsion partner has never been more critical.

Welcome to Delphi Technologies.


Our capabilities.

Delphi Technologies software and systems capabilities offer a range options from app-only development and software-enabled hardware to full turnkey systems to best suit your needs. With our decades of experience and expertise, we can:

  • Deliver powertrain ECUs that house the latest control and diagnostic apps, operating systems and device drivers.
  • Integrate with your hardware or software to create seamless, flawless performance.
  • Support all propulsion and vehicle types – from internal combustion to full EVs; from passenger cars to commercial vehicles.
  • Speed up development times and decrease the potential for bugs by leveraging our extensive library of powertrain apps created and refined by more than 30 years of real-world use.
  • Provide you with solutions to emerging software management issues such as cybersecurity.
  • Partner with you to explore new spaces such as V2X and OTA.

We have design centers in every region, staffed by more than 1,500 engineers dedicated strictly to software and systems development to help you reach your goals.


Looking ahead.

The coming world of connected, automated, and electrified vehicles is going to require more intelligence. This will drive the need for more computing power, processing speeds, as well as advanced software and networks. Delphi Technologies is actively pursuing new innovations on all these fronts. We’re also exploring ways to unleash the possibilities found in propulsion controllers. This includes stratified levels of capabilities – low, medium and high – to manage costs on base level vehicles and provide luxury experiences at the premium end.