Analysis

Connected car initiative welcomes Mobica to its ranks

26th April 2019
Lanna Cooper

 

The eSync Alliance has announced that Mobica, a global software services company, has joined to become one of its newest members. Companies in the eSync Alliance include Alpine, Excelfore, HELLA, Molex and ZF, amongst others.

The eSync Alliance is an industry-wide initiative established to build a secure, multi-vendor platform for end-to-end Over-The-Air (OTA) updating and data services for the connected car, leveraging a global network of participating suppliers.

The Alliance is based around eSync, an 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 any number of end devices in the vehicle.

Derek Forcher, Sr Vice President of Sales for North America at Mobica, said: "Mobica is an enabler - we work with leading global companies to deliver competitive advantage through technology. Joining the eSync Alliance will enable us to provide an eSync-compliant best-of-breed OTA solution for our customers and partners, and to participate in the further development of a true industry-wide standard."

Rick Kreifeldt, Executive Director at the eSync Alliance, said: "Mobica is a valuable addition to the eSync Alliance, bringing strong automotive experience and outstanding expertise and innovation in software. Their participation brings into focus the true value of an open alliance, as Mobica is joining not just to be a user of eSync, but to develop and bring to market their own OTA solutions based on eSync specifications.”

With software recalls estimated to have cost some $3bn in the USA in 2016 alone, the eSync system aims to help prevent increasingly costly and inconvenient vehicle recalls. It provides new opportunities for carmakers to enhance vehicle software and features on vehicles in the field.

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