Automotive technology leader joins connected car initiative to standardize over-the-air updates and data gathering
The eSync Alliance is a multi-company initiative for end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) updating and data services for the connected car. The Alliance is based around eSync, a multi-vendor OTA platform of server and embedded software, which provides a secure bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and electronic end devices in vehicles. eSync can deliver and update software and firmware over-the-air, while collecting real-time operational data from in-car devices. Leveraging a global network of co-operating suppliers, the eSync system can help prevent increasingly costly and inconvenient vehicle recalls, as well as creating new opportunities for carmakers to enhance vehicle software and features on vehicles in the field.
Frantz Lohier, Chief Technology Officer at Faurecia Clarion Electronics said “Joining the eSync Alliance will enable Faurecia to participate more widely in the technology of the connected car and develop new affordable solutions to enhance the digital user experience inside the Cockpit of the Future. Consumers today expect digital continuity between home, office and car. Being part of a wider ecosystem will enable us to accelerate the market introduction of new connected technologies and services. We look forward working closely with the other companies of the Alliance to standardize the automotive data pipeline to the cloud.”
Rick Kreifeldt, Executive Director at the eSync Alliance, said, “Faurecia is at the center of the technology revolution in today’s automotive sector, addressing four megatrends which are accelerating change: connectivity, autonomous driving, ride-sharing and electrification. Adding Faurecia to the membership of our open alliance brings an important voice to the collaboration on the eSync specifications, and helps drive the key benefits of standardizing the data pipeline from the cloud to the many diverse edge devices in the connected car.”
Faurecia’s vision for the Cockpit of the Future is to provide a more versatile, predictive and connected environment to enable occupants to make the most of their time on board. Connectivity will allow continuous monitoring and upgrading of the vehicle and will provide access to a wide range of services for car occupants, including safety and on-board user experiences for comfort, well-being, productivity and entertainment.