HARMAN and proteanTecs announce remote diagnostics collaboration

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proteanTecs, a specialist in deep data analytics for advanced electronics, and HARMAN, an automotive technology company, are collaborating to advance a new approach to predictive and preventive maintenance of vehicle electronics.

Their new solution combines over-the-air (OTA) technology, deep data analytics and advanced device health monitoring to notify, predict and prevent malfunctions in the entire fleet.

Future vehicles will always be connected and differentiated by software but, as hardware and software advancements provide the foundation for these next-generation cars, the ever-increasing complexity presents new challenges.

Modern cars contain more than 100 million lines of software code and have become an always-connected “computer on wheels”.

Consequently, software-defined vehicles rely on OTA technology for important updates, which can directly contribute to the electronics’ stress. In terms of hardware, electronic control units contain advanced system-on-chips (SoCs), which are populated with billions of transistors - a statistic that has doubled annually over the past three decades. This complexity makes it increasingly difficult to pinpoint and prevent failures.

"The world is changing, and the vehicle is evolving to include more and more software,” said Michal Geva, VP and GM of OTA and Cybersecurity at HARMAN. “The Software Defined Vehicle is now a reality, and as such, the software within the vehicle must be maintained and updated with the highest performance and availability. proteanTecs’ technology essentially transforms chips into smart system sensors for the entire electronic control unit, and together we can offer automakers a platform to detect and remedy issues through a variety of OTA techniques. This collaboration keeps consumer experiences at the forefront, while delivering automotive grade results.”

“Predicting and preventing failures of any kind, whether hardware or software, is imperative to fostering confidence in the next wave of automotive innovation,” explained Gal Carmel, executive VP and GM of automotive at proteanTecs. “HARMAN is a well-recognised leader in the connected vehicle industry, and we welcome this opportunity to collaborate and combine our unique technologies to benefit OEMs and consumers alike.”