The evolution in automotive qualified electronic components, including the birth of powerful multicore System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms has fundamentally changed the approach to designing automotive electronic systems today. This evolution is not only happening on the hardware side, but also on the software design side where there has been consolidation of multiple domains onto a single SoC. This type of consolidation allows shorter time-to-market with consumer-ready features to address immediate market demands. This paper explores the reasons for this trend and available architectures for achieving consolidation. AUTOSAR on Linux is one of those architectures and has been popular in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment applications, allowing complex functions to smoothly integrate into the vehicle network.