We're organizing a workshop Modelling in Automotive Software Engineering @ MODELS'15. We have just posted the workshop program and we invite you to attend in September.
UPDATE (Sep 22, 2015): The PDFs of the papers are now available for download from the workshop's page.
We've got lots of freedom and independence, but you are never on your own when you encounter problems.
In our lab, people rarely work alone - we collaborate a lot with each other as well as with external researchers and our industry partners.