Fujitsu and VMware have announced expanded collaboration to combine the former's OTA reprogramming with the latter's IoT products for more efficient software updates.
As the number of electronic control units (ECUs) that manage automotive parts increases in cars, the software that is embedded into the ECUs has become more sophisticated, and in turn, is becoming more challenging to manage. Automobile recalls due to software issues can pose challenges for automobile manufacturers. With more technologies being integrated into vehicles, it is imperative for automobile manufacturers to have the ability to quickly and easily reprogram software as required, while also being able to manage and monitor software versions individually.
Fujitsu and VMware will provide multiple technologies as part of a one-stop cloud service for connected cars.
Fujitsu will provide OTA Reprogramming, connecting with the cloud environment, and apply the delta update technology of software to efficiently manage and update essential software for connected cars. It will also provide security technologies to assembly factories and aftermarket support for the automobile's life cycle.
VMware will enable automobile manufacturers to quickly provide OTA software updates as necessary to all the devices in a car.
"Fujitsu has partnered with VMware since 2006, and we are pleased to say that our partnership with VMware now extends to the IoT industry as well. For our OTA Reprogramming, as we are seeing increasing demands from automobile manufacturers and their tier 1 components manufacturers as a global standard, we will provide an OTA platform for connected cars," said Shikou Kikuta, SVP, Head of Mobility IoT Business Unit, Fujitsu.
Mimi Spier, vice president, Internet of Things, VMware, said: "We see our collaboration with Fujitsu as a significant benefit for automobile manufacturers, as we empower them to easily and quickly deploy software updates in a secure and seamless manner to their connected cars.