The eSync Alliance and the Autoware Foundation have formed a joint working group to explore how over-the-air (OTA) updates and data gathering can be integrated into the software stack for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.

The collaboration will use eSync’s secure, bi-directional data pipeline. and Autoware's "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," explained 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 Autoware Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which supports open-source projects in the area of self-driving mobility, it was established to encourage co-operation between corporate R&D and academic research in a bid to create powerful synergies in the development of viable autonomous driving technology.

The eSync software platform provides a secure, bi-directional data path between the cloud and electronic end devices inside a vehicle. It can work across multiple operating systems and networks/busses to reach any ECU or smart sensor in the car, to provide both OTA software updates, and to handle data gathering.

The eSync Alliance is a global initiative, that involved a number of major automotive suppliers such as AlpsAlpine, Aptiv, Faurecia, Hella, Molex and ZF.

Members benefit from a simplified development environment, enabled by the standardisation of architecture, functional behaviours and APIs which help to make deployment quicker and simpler, and provides end-to-end security for automotive OEMs and suppliers.