Oxbotica and Cisco introduce OpenRoaming platform for autonomous vehicle data
Oxbotica and Cisco announced a partnership to demonstrate the OpenRoaming platform, which is designed to enable the seamless and secure sharing of high-volume data while on the move.
OpenRoaming is a Cisco-initiated federation of providers utilizing standards-based wireless technology. The company says it enables devices, whether it be smartphones or AVs, to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi hotspots and networks without the need to enter usernames and passwords, instead using embedded credentials issued by identity providers—in this case OEMs or AV software companies. The platform is reportedly suited for connected vehicles, with opportunities for Wi-Fi hotspots to be deployed in locations such as gas stations, EV charging locations, parking structures, and vehicle service centers.
A trial collaboration between the two companies, called the Next Generation Connected Vehicles Co-Innovation, is expected to show how Oxbotica customers can access, customize, and integrate the the mobile autonomy IP into their own products. The platform to be tested is designed to be fully scalable, capable of being deployed across various fleet networks, no matter the size or location, while delivering cost-effective and secure data offload.
Ozgur Tohumcu, CEO at Oxbotica, said: “As part of our Universal Autonomy vision, our pioneering software already reduces the amount of data sharing that is required, allowing vehicles to operate wherever they are, with or without network connection. In fact, our software has been designed to operate not dependent on any infrastructure, so it can understand the vehicle’s environment in infinite detail. However, we fully recognize that in an autonomous world, fleets will need to upload and download vast amounts of data and the partnership with Cisco offers us the chance to solve one of the greatest data challenges of the future, already today.”
Matt MacPherson, Wireless CTO at Cisco, said: “Today's autonomous vehicles generate enormous amounts of data when they operate. The challenge is how to gather that information from the vehicle automatically and, perhaps more importantly, cost-effectively. Tomorrow’s connected cars will face the same issue.”
“For industrial applications where devices, such as autonomous vehicles rather than people, are moving through areas that are covered by Wi-Fi, this technology is designed to enable that simple, automatic connection that users experience when using mobile networks. OpenRoaming opens up the possibility of a cost-effective alternative for transporting high-volume data to and from the vehicle, autonomously.”