Software framework bridges all automotive ecosystems

Software framework bridges all automotive ecosystems

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Connext Drive includes a native Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing and integrating vehicle applications. Because it is built on the open Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, it implements data-centric connectivity that offers a virtual distributed shared memory. This lets advanced algorithms get all the data they need while reducing in-vehicle wiring.

The DDS standard is specified by all the important automotive ecosystems, including ROS2, Autosar, and several commercial designs. This lets Connext Drive be the first – and only – platform that can integrate DDS, ROS2, Autosar Classic, and Autosar Adaptive, letting OEMs work with the selection of standards that best meets their needs at different points in the innovation cycle. According to RTI, Connext Drive is the only proven, standards-based solution specifically built for current and future development of intelligent, autonomous vehicles.

Connext Drive’s functionality spectrum includes security, evolution management, redundancy, safety and unique system development tools. With its associated tool set, the software addresses many of the challenges carmakers are facing today, including cyber security, the constant change of the hardware / software environment in vehicles as they are continuously further developed, and the reliability of multiple safety-critical sensor signals.  

Future updates to Connext Drive will include reference architectures and data models, development and integration guides and optional ISO 26262 ASIL D safety-certified libraries. These will reduce the risk of deploying autonomous vehicles in safety-critical applications.

Finally, autonomous systems are challenging to develop. Connext Drive offers unique tools and services, including the ability to collect data to control the vehicle remotely, record data for debugging and simulation, build larger systems including V2X and easily troubleshoot technical issues.

Connext Drive offers automakers a software to operate in diverse real-time environments, interoperate with other systems within the vehicle, connect to off-vehicle systems, evolve systems over time, develop reliable and high-performance systems and build in top security.

RTI plans to exhibit at the CES 2020. Further information:

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