The Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle Working Group Sees Significant Momentum with New Members and Seven New Projects
BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Eclipse Foundation, one of the world’s largest open source foundations, today announced major momentum with seven new projects initiated with the Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) Working Group, as well as a growing member base focused on innovation for the software-defined vehicle ecosystem. In just a few months, the SDV Working Group has expanded its membership by more than 30% to 19 members, including new members Volkswagen Group’s software unit CARIAD, Eteration, FutureWei, NXP, and Toyota.
Using a “code first” approach, the SDV-related projects are focused on building the industry’s first open source software stacks and associated tooling for the core functionality of a new class of automobile. The SDV Working Group believes this approach will result in much faster material impact on the industry. These new projects, headed up by leaders such as Bosch, Microsoft, Continental, ZF, Cariad, Accenture, and Eteration, are already making their software available to any organization that wishes to leverage them for their own vehicle development.
“I’m thrilled with the industry response to our Software Defined Vehicle Working Group,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “In just a few short months, we’ve had seven projects contributed, which will collaboratively develop real code for all aspects of the automotive software ecosystem. We expect this momentum will only increase in the coming months.”
To support this transformation to software-defined vehicles, major players from the broader technology industry, as well as the automotive industry, are actively developing an open source in-vehicle application runtime stack, cloud-based vehicle operations, as well as highly integrated development toolchains. The open source Software Defined Vehicle initiative aims to deliver usable open source code for in-vehicle software across vehicle models, product lines, brands, organizations, and time. Doing so enables an order of magnitude increase in the speed of innovation, speed of production, and the ability to scale the production of software-centric vehicles. What’s more, this approach will significantly reduce the complexity of designing new vehicles, while also increasing efficiency. The ultimate goal is that industry players will benefit by being able to focus on innovation, while saving time and cost on the non-differentiating elements, like real-time operating systems, specific parts of the middleware layers or communication protocols.
Some of the new Software Defined Vehicle-related projects include:
Eclipse eCAL (enhanced Communication Abstraction Layer)
Eclipse eCAL is shipped with sophisticated tools for live data monitoring, orchestrated message recording, and replay. It’s designed for rapid prototyping in the field of autonomous driving and has already proven its performance over the past few years in research projects of Continental as well as in other open sorce community projects.
As a first step towards that goal, Eclipse Leda provides an “SDV distribution” that pulls together individual contributor pieces from the SDV WG and the larger OSS community to deliver a functional and always-available Linux-based image/distribution.
Eclipse ADAAA (Adaptive Cruise Control Demo Application for Adaptive AUTOSAR)
The Eclipse Foundation has decades of experience managing the governance of complex technology initiatives and multi-vendor organizations, making it the ideal organization to help manage such an endeavor. Its commitment to transparency, vendor-neutrality, and a shared voice will ensure that all participants have the opportunity to shape the future of the working group.
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