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Challenges of Establishing Traceability in the Automotive Domain

Conference paper
Authors Salome Maro
Miroslaw Staron
Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
Published in Software Quality. Complexity and Challenges of Software Engineering in Emerging Technologies
ISBN 9783319494210
ISSN 1865-1348
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords Traceability, Software processes, Distributed software development, Tools , Human factors , Software development organisation
Subject categories Computer Systems


Traceability, i.e., relationships between artifacts in software development, is prescribed by quality standards such as ISO 26262 and therefore mandatory for automotive companies that develop safety-critical systems. However, establishing traceability is a challenge for many automotive companies. The objective of this study is to identify traceability challenges and solutions in this domain and compare these challenges and solutions with the ones in literature. To achieve this, we conducted a case study with a large automotive supplier to discover their traceability challenges and a tertiary literature review on existing traceability literature surveys to identify reported challenges and their solutions. We found 13 challenges from the literature study, of which ten were also found at the company. Three challenges are solved at the company with solutions that correlate with those proposed in literature, three are partially solved while four are still unsolved even though there are solutions in literature.

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