Referenznummer: CON-GER-STU-MA

Master Thesis: Analysis of the necessity of vehicle operating systems for future (software-defined) vehicles

Aachen, Cologne, Munich

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Target Group:
9/6/2023 -
FEV Consulting GmbH


FEV Consulting is the FEV Group's technology-driven top management consultancy. We act as a guide between strategy development and product realization in today's global environment. We do not simply work for companies, but for our customers - people who want to move society forward. That's why we develop and optimize technical product concepts with our focus on customer benefit, feasibility, sustainability and profitability. 

Work together with us on challenging projects from different areas of the mobility, transportation and energy sectors.
Sample topics include: sustainable vehicle and mobility concepts, business transformations to maintain future viability, coupling the energy and transportation sectors, digital services, and business development for innovation.


In today's automotive landscape, the emergence of software-defined vehicles has ushered in a new era of innovation and competition. This thesis embarks on a critical exploration of the necessity and role of vehicle operating systems (Vehicle OS) in this context. It aims to elaborate the concept of Vehicle OS and unravel why they are essential for future vehicle control concepts. It further aims to investigate the strategic value for vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the value chain positioning of suppliers, and how OEMs can distinguish themselves on different vehicle software layers.

The significance of this topic lies in its potential to address the fundamental shift in the automotive industry towards software-centric vehicles. As vehicles become increasingly defined by their software capabilities and vehicle functions are generated via software, Vehicle OS serve as the backbone for orchestrating and managing these functions efficiently and securely.

Potential research question: "Why are vehicle operating systems imperative for the success of software-defined vehicles, and how can OEMs strategically leverage them to create differentiation in a highly competitive market?"


  • You are completing your master's degree in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, business administration, economics or a comparable course of study at a leading university
  • You have exceptional academic performance and impress us with your personal profile
  • You ideally gained inital practical experience in consulting or a technical industry
  • You have very good analytical skills
  • You are a motivated and committed team player
  • You have very good knowledge of MS Office applications
  • You communicate very well in English, and you are ideally fluent in the local office language - both verbally and in writing


Be part of a great team
We owe our success to our international and diverse team. Become a valuable member and foster strong cohesion! 

Expand your network
Join our Stammtisch company dinners - even as an alumnus or alumna! In addition, we inform our students about current customer projects and other internal company activities at our regular "Student Call". 

Get the best out of yourself
Feedback is a reality at our company. Your personal mentor is at your side to promote your strengths! Continuously expand your horizons with our internal training opportunities. Our team of consultants will be happy to share their expertise and experience with you.

Diverse career prospects
With us, anything is possible: gain practical experience in consulting alongside the theory in your studies. Do your internship with us. Write your thesis on an exciting project. Or go abroad with us! Plan your start at FEV Consulting, like many talented people before you.


Sina Aumann
Human Resources - FEV Consulting GmbH

Phone: +49 160 746 3685

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