Joining forces to accelerate autonomous vehicle software deployment

15-11-2021 | eSync Alliance | Automotive & Transport

The eSync Alliance and the Autoware Foundation have formed a joint workgroup to investigate how OTA updates and data gathering may be optimally combined into the software stack for the next generation of autonomous vehicles based on its secure, bi-directional data pipeline. Autoware is the first 'all-in-one' open-source software for autonomous vehicles.

"OTA updates and data gathering can accelerate autonomous vehicle software stack development, creating highly efficient learning loops that enable rapid incorporation of real-time vehicle data for the improvement of in-car software," said Mike Gardner, executive director at the eSync Alliance. "The integration of a standardised OTA platform such as eSync, into Autoware’s open-source autonomous vehicle software provides significant benefits to developers and end customers alike."

"Autoware’s open-source software is becoming a key building block in the development of autonomous driving. It is amazing how well the objectives and structure of the eSync Alliance align with what the Autoware Foundation brings to the table," said Shinpei Kato, Chairman, board of directors of the Autoware Foundation. "We believe that this fits well with our recent announcement of the Autoware Open AD Kit. Disciplined standardisation across the software stack enables autonomous vehicle developers to quickly and efficiently build on the accumulated body of knowledge of the entire sector. "

The non-profit Autoware Foundation organisation supports open-source projects in self-driving mobility. The foundation strives to build bridges between corporate R&D and academic research to create powerful synergy in developing viable autonomous driving technology.

The eSync software platform offers a secure, bi-directional data path between the cloud and any quantity of electronic end devices inside a vehicle. It can operate across many operating systems and networks/busses to reach any ECU or smart sensor in a car, to give OTA software updates, and to handle data gathering. Using the platform produces new opportunities for automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to enhance their products and provide added value to their customers.

By Natasha Shek