Molex is expanding its autonomous and connected vehicle capabilities and is working with Accenture and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring edge computing and voice assistant capabilities to the Molex Automotive Ethernet Network Platform.

According to the company, these digital enhancements to the Platform will provide additional capabilities to support autonomous vehicle performance and communication functionality for automotive OEMs.

“In combination with the features of our Automotive Ethernet Network Platform, AWS and Accenture’s contribution will help our customers innovate faster, drive down costs and build some of the most advanced vehicles in the automotive industry,” said Joseph Stenger, global product manager for connected mobility solutions, Molex.

The platform, developed by Molex, is an Ethernet-based vehicle connectivity system with a multi-zone architecture across hardware, software and interconnect cabling systems. It offers the flexibility to incorporate legacy automotive protocols and scalability for future upgrades.

It has been developed to provide a complete high-performance computing solution and uses AWS IoT Greengrass machine learning functionality to provide capabilities that include diagnostics, security and enhanced end-user experience. The automotive-grade gateways act as central hubs, providing secure and reliable interconnects and processing data across the vehicle network to functional domains such as ADAS or Autonomous Driving.

Molex’s collaboration with Accenture and AWS looks to address the growing requirements for safe and secure software-enabled features in autonomous vehicles. Together they are expanding Molex’s custom gateway solution to include on-board diagnostics with edge analytics that can grow and evolve in functionality, compute power and performance, such as predictive maintenance, meeting critical safety requirements and maintaining network integrity – all of which can be accessed by users through the successful deployment of Amazon Alexa.