Excelfore announced that FAW, one of China’s largest automotive manufacturers, is deploying the eSync over-the-air (OTA) platform in new cars being produced in 2019.

The eSync platform is designed to provide a secure OTA data pipeline from the server in the cloud to multiple devices in the FAW vehicles including the infotainment head unit, telematics unit, and network gateway. The eSync OTA technology enables FAW to manage software updates to more than 30 electronic control units (ECUs) and assist with diagnostic data gathering and error detection.

FAW's R&D Chief of Staff said, "The eSync platform plays a vital role in our new generation of vehicles, providing a mechanism to update software in electronic devices throughout the car. This solution from Excelfore saves time and money and improves convenience and reliability for drivers."

"China FAW has a long and distinguished history of leadership in automotive innovation. We are honored by their selection of Excelfore’s eSync for deployment in new flagship models," said Shrinath Acharya, CEO at Excelfore. "Our work together shows the value of the eSync pipeline’s ability to reach many devices in modern cars. The result enables a forward-thinking automaker like FAW to drive continuous improvement cycles in its vehicles."

In another recent announcement, Excelfore stated it is collaborating with Microsoft on automotive OTA.

Excelfore’s eSync bi-directional data pipeline has been migrated to Microsoft Azure for OTA updating. The eSync pipeline will be demonstrated as a Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform accelerator.

The eSync platform employs a server-client-agent architecture to build a scalable and secure bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and the various electronic end devices in a vehicle. It can update software and firmware over-the-air and can collect real-time operating data from end devices in the vehicle. The bi-directional capability of the eSync data pipeline provides the basis for aggregating “big data” and building interactive learning loops between the cloud and the many controllers and sensors in the vehicle. The scalability of the eSync platform has helped OEMs achieve full-vehicle OTA to dozens of in-vehicle electronic devices in 2019 production vehicles.