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Summary form only given. The complete presentation was not made available for publication as part of the conference proceedings. A steadily increasing number of microprocessors and electronic components with the heavy demand of computation performance in automotive electronic systems affect substantially the design of networked ECUs in today as well as future cars. Novel approaches, based on heterogeneous hardware (Coarse- fine Grained reconfigurable Hardware, Microprocessors) could be a solution to handle the computation intensive tasks, e.g. for driver-assistance systems. The challenge here is to find an optimal trade-off between power consumption, cost, performance and flexibility which leads to the question which technology and which distribution (automotive function centralisation - decentralisation trade-offs!) will be targeted in future car electronics. Introducing novel architecture topologies and corresponding tool flows with standardised specification and verification are here severe challenges. A first approach to meet these challenges is the AUTOSAR development partnership, which aims at a standardisation of automotive software architecture. The purpose of this tutorial is to evaluate and discuss new concepts for communication based design of automotive electronic and car network systems, as well as to discuss and envisage future system design in automotive electronics. Both aspects, hardware / software design and tool-integration will be discussed. The main emphasis in this session is design-flow, tool-development, applications and system design. The tutorial is addressed to hardware and system engineers as well as to researchers. A set of presentations intended to set the stage for the discussion, will be followed by a panel where selected world-wide specialists in the field of automotive electronics will discuss the demands and interests of industry on novel technologies and systems and research activities for future automotive systems.