Aptiv has been granted a patent for a pipeline manager that oversees software development pipelines. The system receives pipeline representations, executes blocks, validates outputs, stores data, and updates pipeline definitions. It also generates wiring between blocks based on current execution states. GlobalData’s report on Aptiv gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Aptiv, Common rail fuel injection system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Aptiv's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Aptiv Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11922153B2) outlines a method for managing pipelines through a user interface (UI) that includes a series of blocks with defined inputs and outputs. The method involves executing each block, validating its output, storing the results, and updating the pipeline data accordingly. Additionally, the patent describes generating a wiring system between blocks based on the current execution state of the pipeline, allowing for seamless data flow between different stages.

The patent further details the inclusion of various block types, such as serial and parallel blocks, each with specific handlers, schemas, and stages. It also covers features like signing blocks or pipelines for changes, user-based or role-based permissions for pipeline access, and sharing outputs between blocks in different pipelines. The method also includes the automatic generation of a pipeline execute birth certificate upon completion, providing a signature and timestamp for verification. The patent's computer-readable storage medium aspect allows for the execution of these operations by a processor, including signing blocks, storing outputs, and generating wiring between blocks based on the current state of execution. Overall, the patent offers a comprehensive approach to managing pipelines efficiently and securely through a user-friendly interface, enhancing data processing and workflow management capabilities.

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