ZF joins eSync Alliance for unified over-the-air updates

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The eSync Alliance is a multi-vendor initiative that aims to standardise over-the-air updates. Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry and technology company ZF has joined this initiative to ensure continued safe operation of its products and technologies in autonomous vehicle applications.

Since smoothly-working software is critical for the safety of autonomous vehicles, it is paramount that they always have the latest updates. However, with components and technologies from a large number of companies working together in vehicles, wireless updates can be problematic and may necessitate a physical visit to a service centre.

The eSync Alliance aims to standardise these communications, enabling two-way communication and software and firmware updates over-the-air (OTA), and collection of real-time diagnostics and telematics data from end devices in the vehicle.

“The eSync Alliance is leading the way in OTA technology and advanced diagnostics, providing a framework for its member companies to benefit from standardised and interoperable OTA components,” said Franck Lesbroussart, head of advanced digital software development at ZF.

“ZF will take an active part in the Alliance, and by working together with our new partners, we can advance the industry as a whole. ZF is a leading worldwide supplier of automotive components and systems. I’m delighted to welcome them to the eSync Alliance. They provide scale and expertise to help drive the development of a common platform for OTA technology, and its broad adoption across the automotive sector,” said Rick Kreifeldt, executive director at the eSync Alliance.

By Ilya Verpraet

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