ESync Alliance says Aptiv has become its latest member, joining existing members to build an industry-wide bi-directional pipeline to electronic devices in the automotive market.

The eSync Alliance is an industry initiative established to build a path for end-to-end secure over-the-air (OTA) and data services for the connected car, through a global network of co-operating suppliers.

Members of the eSync Alliance include AlpsAlpine, Excelfore, Hella, Molex and ZF, among others.

The Alliance is based around eSync, a platform of cloud and embedded software solutions, which provides a secure data pipeline between the cloud and electronic end devices in vehicles. ESync can deliver and update software and firmware over-the-air and can collect real-time diagnostics and telematics data from end devices in the vehicle.

“ESync provides a bi-directional pipeline that can reach any device inside a vehicle, simultaneously handling both OTA updates and data gathering,” said Aptiv Smart Vehicle Architecture and Advanced Engineering VP, Lee Bauer.

“The standardisation offered by the eSync Alliance will enable eSync to become widely-adopted, helping the entire automotive industry to benefit from the technology.”

For his part, eSync Alliance, executive director, Mike Gardner, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Aptiv to the eSync Alliance. It is one of the leading software and systems technologies integrators in the automotive industry, positioned right at the forefront of solving the challenges of mobility.

With software recalls estimated to have cost US$3bn in the US in 2016 alone, the eSync system aims to help prevent such incidents in vehicles.