eSync Alliance initiative will drive industry-wide secure automotive OTA and diagnostics

Thursday
June 2017

eSync Alliance Initiative Will Drive Industry-Wide Secure Automotive OTA and Diagnostics

Novi, Michigan – June 08, 2017: – Today at the TU Automotive 2017 Connected Car Conference and Expo, Excelfore unveiled the eSync Alliance, a global automotive initiative to drive multicompany solutions for over-the-air (OTA) updates and diagnostic-data in the automotive electronics eco-system. The eSync Alliance consists of automotive suppliers working cooperatively to provide eSync Compliant components. Designed to support full vehicle OTA solutions as well as vehicle diagnostics and telematics data-management with end-to-end security, the eSync Alliance will reduce the time and risks of developing and deploying fully connected cars.

“The automotive industry has a history of multi-vendor initiatives which often drive the emergence of de facto standards,” said Greg Basich, Associate Director, Automotive Service at market research firm Strategy Analytics. “OEMs are actively looking for ways to facilitate the integration of devices from multiple vendors for their connected car solutions. The eSync Alliance is the first such initiative in the automotive OTA and diagnostics space,” he added.

Modern cars now incorporate dozens if not hundreds of software-driven sensors and controllers. The ever-increasing need for automakers to be able to update software over-the-air for feature improvements, recall avoidance, and security patches is well established. However, to date, only a small number of proprietary solutions serve the automotive market. The eSync Alliance specifically addresses this by creating a community of companies that cooperate to provide standardized and interoperable OTA and diagnostic-data solutions.

“The eSync Alliance allows companies across the automotive value chain to offer OTA-capable products. A common mechanism for cloud connectivity among many innovative companies means OEMs are no longer limited to proprietary single-vendor solutions.” Shrinath Acharya, Excelfore CEO explains. “That’s crucial because OTA support has increasingly become mandatory for automakers, driven primarily by the explosion of infotainment, automated driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies.”

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eSync Alliance members will be able to brand their solutions as eSync Compliant if they meet the program requirements, which include criteria for conformance to APIs and specific features. The eSync Compliant mark will ensure a common OTA data path reaching all the different electronic devices in the car, streamlining integration and testing efforts. The eSync Compliance program provides not only the path to push software updates to the devices in the car, but also to pull diagnostic data from those devices in the car.

eSync Alliance Members

Several automotive suppliers have already joined the eSync Alliance, with more expressing interest in becoming members. Yasuhiro Ikeuchi, Director of Product Design at Alpine, said, “This is an opportunity to drive innovation in connected car platforms. Participating in the eSync Alliance gives us a structure for OTA and diagnostics compatibility with ECU and sensor vendors across the automotive electronics ecosystem.” “The members of the eSync Alliance bring common solutions for connected vehicle technology to automotive OEMs,” said Bill Fitzer, Vice President and General Manager, Connected Mobility Solutions at Molex. “Working together, this multi-company initiative expands connected car functionality while reducing development time and risk.”

About Excelfore

Excelfore, located in Silicon Valley, is an innovative provider of cloud platform and connectivity applications for intelligent transportation. It provides middleware solutions for smart mobility networks that enable OEMs and suppliers to build the next generation of smart, autonomous and learning vehicles, fleets and associated infrastructure. Excelfore products include the eAVB™ protocol stack for in-vehicle Ethernet TSN (time-sensitive networking), as well as the cloud-to-vehicle eSync™ system for OTA updates, diagnostics and telematics.

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Press Contact: Mark Singer, Excelfore Corp.
Phone: +1 510 868.2500 x410 / Email: pr@excelfore.com

Reader Contact: smartmobility@excelfore.com

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Excelfore to demonstrate in-vehicle networking and OTA updates at TU-Automotive Expo

Wednesday
May 2017

Delivers end-to-end connected car solutions working with Tier-1 automotive suppliers

Fremont, Calif., May 31, 2017 – Excelfore, a leading force in smart mobility networks, today announced that it will be showcasing its latest in-vehicle networking and OTA software technology at TU-Automotive Detroit 2017 conference and exhibition.

Excelfore will be running live demos at booth C233. An in-vehicle networking solution jointly developed with Molex will showcase multiple network standards, including Gigabit automotive Ethernet, 100megabit automotive Ethernet, CAN and USB, with a diverse set of sensors, displays and Electronic Control Units (ECUs).

Excelfore and Alpine will jointly demonstrate Excelfore’s eSync solution for over the air (OTA) automotive updates to a head unit running Google Android N with the latest automotive functionality, as well as an AUTOSAR-based ECU (Electronic Control System) on a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus reached over a Molex Ethernet Gateway/Switch.

With 150 speakers, a 200,000-square foot exhibition and 3,000 attendees, TU-Automotive Detroit is the world’s biggest conference and exhibition for connected and autonomous cars.

TU-Automotive Detroit 2017
17th Annual Connected Car Conference and Expo
June 7th–8th
The Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI
Booth C233

Complex network environment
The Excelfore and Molex joint in-vehicle networking demo will present a complex automotive environment with multiple networks. It will include a 1000Base-T1 Gigabit Ethernet backbone between several gateway switches. Each gateway switch will also aggregate multiple 100Base-T1 100Mb Ethernet peripherals and provide a gateway to non-Ethernet networks, such as CAN. The Gigabit Ethernet backbone enables large amounts of data to be transmitted around the car, without requiring many different cables.

The networking demo will include a head unit, three cameras, two seatback displays, and a USB media module to plug in media content. It will also incorporate automotive-related components including ECUs on multiple CAN busses. All of these components will be seen working smoothly together across multiple network boundaries.

OTA updating of multiple devices and vehicles
Excelfore will be showcasing the capabilities of its eSync solution for providing OTA updates to various devices on the in-vehicle networks. The eSync system can reach any number of components in the vehicle, and the demo will show eSync’s ability to update multiple different devices, from different vendors, running different operating systems, across multiple networks through a single OTA update.

Excelfore will also demonstrate for the first time how a single OTA update can reach similar ECUs in different vehicles.  In this case, with two distinct and dissimilar networks on display, a single OTA will reach the same model ECU in both in-vehicle environments.

This capability means that auto makers can easily manage the distribution of new software updates across their entire fleet of models, addressing vehicles with differing network configurations and operating systems. This reduces complexity, thus making it easier to complete the update in a timely manner.

The eSync solution provides secure transactions with the vehicle, and with the various devices within the vehicle.  It can be used to deliver and update software and firmware over the air, helping avoid the need for costly vehicle recalls, as well as for pulling diagnostics and telematics data from the devices in the vehicle.

About Excelfore

Excelfore, located in Silicon Valley, is an innovative provider of cloud platform and connectivity applications for intelligent transportation. It provides middleware solutions for smart mobility networks that enable OEMs and suppliers to build the next generation of smart, autonomous and learning vehicles, fleets and associated infrastructure. Excelfore products include the eAVB™ protocol stack for in-vehicle Ethernet TSN (time-sensitive networking), as well as the cloud-to-vehicle eSync™ system for OTA updates, diagnostics and telematics. www.excelfore.com

E-mail: pr@excelfore.com

Reader Contact:  smartmobility@excelfore.com

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