Electronic Control Unit (ECU) designs in automobiles, offering various in-vehicle services to the customer, have been a paradigm over the last couple of decades. This paper addresses issues that must be considered by automotive IT service providers responding to next-generation automotive customer needs with new technological advances. Topics discussed include processor variants’ impact with the portability of Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) on ECU sustainability.

The paper also focuses on changes in body electronics with impact and necessity for the integration of smaller sub-systems of existing vehicle infrastructure, to form a distributed network and create an intelligent communication network topology.

Finally, the paper addresses some of the future changes that are likely to take place in Material Sciences through Nano fibers and Fuel Cell Hydrogen-powered super car needs.