Excelfore announces eSync Alliance
Excelfore has unveiled the eSync Alliance, a global automotive initiative to drive multi-company solutions for over-the-air (OTA) updates and diagnostic-data in the automotive electronics eco-system. Consisting of automotive suppliers working cooperatively to provide eSync Compliant components, the alliance eSync Alliance is designed to support full vehicle OTA solutions as well as vehicle diagnostics and telematics data-management with end-to-end security. The end-goal is to reduce the time and risks of developing and deploying fully connected cars.
eSync Alliance members will be able to brand their solutions as eSync Compliant if they meet the program requirements, which include criteria for conformance to APIs and specific features. The eSync Compliant mark will ensure a common OTA data path reaching all the different electronic devices in the car, streamlining integration and testing efforts. The eSync Compliance program is intended to provide not only the path to push software updates to the devices in the car, but also to pull diagnostic data from those devices in the car.
The alliance is being formed as automakers’ need for OTA updates and diagnostics are becoming increasingly necessary. However, according to a statement by Excelfore, only a small number of proprietary solutions serve the automotive market. The eSync Alliance was created to addresses this by creating a community of companies that cooperate to provide standardized and interoperable OTA and diagnostic-data solutions.
"The automotive industry has a history of multi-vendor initiatives which often drive the emergence of de facto standards," said Greg Basich, Associate Director, Automotive Service at market research firm Strategy Analytics. "OEMs are actively looking for ways to facilitate the integration of devices from multiple vendors for their connected car solutions. The eSync Alliance is the first such initiative in the automotive OTA and diagnostics space," he added.
"The eSync Alliance allows companies across the automotive value chain to offer OTA-capable products. A common mechanism for cloud connectivity among many innovative companies means OEMs are no longer limited to proprietary single-vendor solutions," Shrinath Acharya, Excelfore CEO explained. "That's crucial because OTA support has increasingly become mandatory for automakers, driven primarily by the explosion of infotainment, automated driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies."