Real-Time Innovations (RTI) announced the newest release of its Connext product suite, Connext 6. Connext 6 includes the first connectivity software designed to accelerate the development and deployment of highly autonomous systems. It's meant to provide autonomous vehicle developers with the advanced technology needed to address the complex data distribution challenges of Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy. RTI says its product offers the only standards-based framework to support autonomous vehicle development, from research to production.

With Connext 6, makers of autonomous systems are reportedly able to address key technical challenges, including effective management of high-bandwidth sensor data, simple integration with standardized interfaces, and optimized security, including for safety-critical systems.

New features are compatible and interoperable across RTI’s Connext product suite: Connext DDS Secure and Connext DDS Professional for standard processors and microcontrollers, Connext DDS Micro for highly resource-constrained microcontrollers, and Connext DDS Cert for the most safety-critical applications.

With the release of Connext 6, RTI says that developers can efficiently distribute high-bandwidth sensor data to autonomous system applications, including for sensing, perception, visualization, mapping, and display.

To support high-volume data, Connext 6 features new mechanisms for sending and receiving data that are optimized for large data samples.

Connext 6 provides a data-centric, interoperable framework that supports all of the operating systems and processor families commonly used by OEMs and their suppliers—tested on nearly 100 different platforms. RTI’s software also supports use of the DDS standard in both the Robotic Operating System (ROS2) and the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform. The Connext 6 “software databus” connects ROS2, AUTOSAR Adaptive, and native DDS components together for optimized end-to-end data sharing with little or no custom integration required.

RTI’s Connext DDS Cert meets the requirements of ISO 26262 ASIL-D, the automotive functional safety standard. By leveraging Connext 6 capabilities, RTI says that developers can eliminate the need for custom networking code and accompanying certification artifacts, avoiding years of development and certification effort and millions of dollars in cost. Additionally, Connext 6 includes RTI Connext DDS Secure, the only security standard designed for real-time control and autonomous applications. With this technology, manufacturers can apply fine-grain, per-data flow control over security policies, such as access control and encryption.

The Connext 6 product suite will be generally available in Q1 2019.