eSync Alliance introduces v2.0 specification for automotive

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The eSync Alliance released v2.0 of the eSync specification. The new release expands on data gathering while further extending the cybersecurity specifications for over-the-air (OTA) software update capabilities of eSync, with full bi-directional communications in a single pipeline.

Based on a server/client/agent architecture, the eSync software platform provides a secure data path between the cloud and any number of electronic end devices located inside a vehicle. It can work across multiple operating systems and networks/busses to reach any ECU or smart sensor in the car.

The new v2.0 expands the specifications and guidelines for diagnostic data gathering OTA, providing structures for short message data such as diagnostic trouble codes, bulk data transfer for data collected from numerous devices over time, and streaming data from sensors, creating new opportunities for automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to improve their products and provide added value to their customers. Also included in the v2.0 specifications are guidelines for meeting regulatory requirements and standards defined by UNECE, NIST, NHTSA, and ITU addressing cybersecurity and data privacy.

Mike Gardner, Executive Director, eSync Alliance, said: “eSync now reaches well over 30 million devices in more than 1 million vehicles – and we already have automakers that are deploying eSync in their third, fourth, and even fifth vehicle models. This demonstrates that it is a practical, executable specification with tangible, quantifiable benefits.”

The eSync Alliance is an initiative established to standardize OTA updating and data gathering for the connected car through a global network of co-operating companies including major automotive suppliers such as Alps Alpine, Faurecia, Hella, Molex, and ZF. Alliance members benefit from a simplified development environment, enabled by the standardization of architecture, functional behavior, and APIs. This makes deployment faster, easier and provides end-to-end security for automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Members of the eSync Alliance have access to up-to-date specifications, as well as opportunities to attend plugfests and demonstrate compliance with their products, while charter and promoter members can also participate in workgroups and contribute to the development and future roadmap of the specifications. Membership is open to all companies, including OEMs, Tier-1s, software and hardware vendors, and cloud service providers.

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