Automotive supplier takes on new Over-the-Air platform

25th May 2018
Lanna Cooper


The eSync Alliance has announced that HELLA has become its latest member, joining existing Alliance members to build an industry wide bi-directional pipeline to electronic devices in the automotive market.

The eSync Alliance is a multi-company initiative for driving Over-the-Air (OTA) update and diagnostic data solutions in the automotive electronics sector.

It is based around eSync, a platform of cloud and embedded software that provides a secure data pipeline between the cloud and electronic end devices installed in vehicles. eSync can deliver and update software and firmware over-the-air and can collect real time diagnostics and telematics data from end devices in the vehicle.

The eSync system helps to avoid increasingly costly and inconvenient vehicle recalls, with software recalls alone estimated to have cost $3bn in the US in 2016. It also provides new opportunities for carmakers to enhance vehicle software and features on vehicles in the field.

Rick Kreifeldt, Executive Director at the eSync Alliance, said: "HELLA is an innovator in lighting technology and electronics for the automotive sector.  I’m delighted to welcome them to the eSync Alliance. Their expertise will help us develop new solutions and business models for the industry."

Dr Rainer Holve, Head of Digital Innovation at HELLA, said: "By joining the eSync Alliance, HELLA can be at the heart of innovation in OTA technology, working together with other leading vendors to create new solutions."  

At the recent CES 2018 exhibition in Las Vegas, HELLA and Excelfore showcased how the eSync system could be used to provide sophisticated diagnostics, with deep-reaching analytics going far beyond just reading pre-defined error codes.

The eSync system was used to push diagnostic software to individual HELLA automotive body control modules, and to extract a variety of data.

The system was also used to install new premium features in HELLA’s advanced High Definition headlamp systems, enabling new opportunities for OEMs to provide custom features for consumers.

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