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The eSync Alliance and JOYNEXT announce that JOYNEXT, a Joyson Electronics company, has joined the Alliance. The eSync Alliance is a multi-company initiative to standardize end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) updating and data gathering. By working together in the Alliance, members benefit from a simplified development environment enabled by standardized features and APIs.
The Alliance is based around eSync, a platform of server and embedded software, which provides a secure bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and any number of electronic end devices in vehicles. eSync can deliver and update software and firmware over-the-air and collect real-time operational data from in-car devices. JOYNEXT is already deploying eSync with a major automaker.
"JOYNEXT is a leading provider of solutions for connected vehicles. We welcome their expertise and commitment to drive the development of a common platform for OTA technology and its broad adoption throughout the automotive sector," said Mike Gardner, Executive Director at the eSync Alliance.
"Membership in the eSync Alliance is very important for us," said Manuela-Bianca Steinhübel, Corporate CTO at JOYNEXT. "We know the requirements of our market and want to contribute to finding better solutions for technical problems. It is strategic for us to participate in the development of the OTA standard and for that reason we decided to become a promoter member."
OTA gaining momentum in automotive
The ability to update software and firmware over-the-air and collect diagnostic and telematics data from devices in the vehicle is increasingly more important for automobile manufacturers. Vehicle technology is advancing rapidly, with more software-driven control units.
In order to update software, most vehicles today have to be brought to auto repair shops. Software updates via OTA are much more efficient, reducing costs and time. JOYNEXT plans to further expand OTA services for its customers. Until now, each auto maker has had to develop its own OTA backend, a complicated, expensive and time-consuming process. In the future, JOYNEXT will also offer the complete OTA solution with a server in the cloud and product for the car.
"We have supplemented a pure Linux-based infotainment system with an Android plug-in box that can be updated via OTA. To position JOYNEXT globally as experts for OTA solutions, connectivity boxes for 5G-V2X are the next step," said Manuela-Bianca Steinhübel.