Zonal architecture is ushering in a new era in vehicle electronics design. Grouping functions of the vehicle by location zones with each zone being responsible for the devices that are installed in a particular section of the vehicle, zonal connections must be made through a locally installed zonal controller or gateway. This new approach leverages the latest developments in computing power and high-speed communication, both of which will be essential due to the huge increase in data that must be processed in the next generation vehicle. So how is this new architecture revolutionizing vehicle design?
Along with the revolution in power, communication and autonomous driving, zonal architecture represents the biggest automotive design change in generations.