Wind River, a company delivering IoT software for safety-critical domains including automotive, has announced that Ford Motor Company is using Wind River over-the-air (OTA) update technology.
The company says that to deliver advanced connected car capabilities, Wind River Edge Sync technology can provide differential updates that allow the ability to minimize data update size, transmission time, and memory usage for updating vehicle software over the air. By creating the most minimal differential update possible during OTA updates, this approach offers the potential for cost reductions as well as a better experience for consumers, it is claimed.
With OTA updates, carmakers can rapidly deploy secure, cost-efficient updates and new features to connected vehicles, eliminating software recalls and the associated costs.
"Complexity is dramatically increasing as new capabilities are expected from connected, highly intelligent cars, and software is the key to enabling this transformation within the industry," said Marques McCammon, vice president of Automotive at Wind River. "Automakers must keep pace with innovation while also ensuring that they deliver safe vehicles. Therefore, the ability to continuously and remotely update, resolve issues and introduce new features for improved customer satisfaction will be more critical than ever. By delivering new innovations to companies like Ford, we're helping to improve efficiencies and experiences for carmakers and their customers."
Edge Sync is a software framework for remote OTA updates and software lifecycle management that, Wind River says, allows for rapid, safe, and secure updates to software and firmware throughout the vehicle lifecycle, from initial product development through to the end of life of the vehicle.