Patrick Senden & Peter Vanhoef [Daf Trucks]

The software transformation at Daf Trucks

11:00 – 11:40 (subject to change)

Software is changing the automotive world – from connected vehicles to autonomous driving. At Daf Trucks, we also recognize this trend. Therefore, our product development organization must adapt and transition from an organization focused on the mechanical and electrical to an organization that also embraces software development. Three years ago, the Embedded Engineering department was formed, giving economics of scale and increased visibility to our embedded software organization. In our talk, we’ll discuss our challenges to build a more software oriented organization. From encapsulating agile project methodologies for managing software projects into a waterfall organization to bridging barriers between engineers with a software background and engineers with an automotive and mechanical background, and on top of that, all with a different cultural background. We’ll also discuss our challenges to get known as a software company within the Brainport area.

Patrick Senden has over 19 years of experience in international automotive development projects. He has multiple years of experience in project leading roles within engine management system development, ranging from engine management installation up to functional software development. He has worked in international projects with passenger car OEMs and in international projects with heavy-duty vehicle OEMs within the Paccar organization: Daf, Peterbilt and Kenworth. In his current role, he’s managing 4 teams responsible for hardware and software implementation for embedded systems in the area of vehicle control systems and engine control systems.

Peter Vanhoef started as a software engineer in Philips. There, he built a strong software knowledge through the roles of software architect and software integrator within Philips Applied Technologies and, at a later stage, NXP Semiconductors. This knowledge he brought to Daf, first as a software architect and later as a product owner leading the software team for a new central vehicle controller. Since 2017, he’s managing the embedded software engineering team. In his role, he’s continuously working on bridging the gap between the software world and the automotive world while raising the software development standards within Daf.