Wiring harnesses connect all electric and electronic components in a vehicle, enabling the communication and information flow as well as their energy provision. In the past, the harness used to be a price-driven commodity product, however, autonomous driving and electrification are now inducing a paradigm shift for this industry. The harness is now not only the most expensive bought-in part in the vehicle, but will also become one of the most quality critical ones, as it increasingly enables safety critical functions such as steering, braking or lane-switching. To this day, there has been little empirical research in the field of wiring harness.
The Goal of this study is:
■ to analyze deficiencies and strengths of the state-of-the-art development process in the harness industry,
■ to understand the impact of future trends such as autonomous driving on harness development and production.
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