Challenges of Establishing Traceability in the Automotive Domain

  • Salome MaroEmail author
  • Miroslaw Staron
  • Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 269)


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.


Traceability Software processes Distributed software development Tools Human factors Software development organisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salome Maro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miroslaw Staron
    • 1
  • Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Chalmers Institute of Technology and University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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