Tech and automotive vendors align on in-vehicle networking technologies for autonomous and connected vehicles

Autonomous driving is creating a need for a new breed of in-vehicle networking solutions that can transmit data between the increasing number of high-resolution sensors, cameras and processing engines at blazing-fast speeds.

Aquantia, Bosch, Continental, NVIDIA, and Volkswagen announced on Tuesday formation of the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance, to drive the ecosystem development required for the next generation of multi-gig Ethernet networking in vehicles.

NAV Alliance was created to provide a platform for the automotive industry to develop the next generation of in-vehicle network infrastructure for autonomous vehicles and facilitate wide deployment of networking technologies and products. The alliance was founded by vehicle manufacturers, technology suppliers and networking players in the automotive market, sharing the goal of developing the ecosystem that is required for next-generation multi-gig automotive Ethernet networks in the vehicle.

NAV Alliance’s founding objectives include developing the ecosystem for next generation Multi-Gig Ethernet automotive networking; creating specifications for interoperability, security and reliability of the in-vehicle network; promoting products and solutions that adhere to the new specifications; establishing standards body liaisons; and building marketing activities to build awareness and educate the market place and users. Founding members will focus on these core objectives and expand the NAV Alliance membership roster in the coming months to include additional automotive suppliers and manufacturers.

Self-driving cars have become data centers on wheels constantly analyzing vast amounts of data to endeavor to ensure the safest and most secure experience for passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles.

“Redundant and diverse AI algorithms are the key to level five automation. However, the volume of data generated by multiple types of sensors (camera, radar, lidar, ultrasound) can reach 32TB every eight hours – that level of data transfer calls for a new breed of ultra-high-speed networks, including Multi-gig Ethernet,” said James Hodgson, senior analyst for autonomous driving at ABI Research. “The NAV alliance will catalyze the development of a reliable next generation of networking platform for self-driving cars.”

NAV alliance’s members, leaders in their respective segments as auto manufacturers and technology providers, are joining together in an effort to shape the future of in-vehicle networking technologies as society prepares for the paradigm shift to autonomous driving.

Akin to a very advanced nervous system, this next-generation networking architecture is based on an array of ECUs, CPUs, GPUs, high-definition cameras, sensors, gateways, and storage devices, all connected through a high-speed, Multi-Gigabit/s Ethernet network that works to seamlessly move data throughout the vehicle securely and reliably.

 


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