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Auto Tech Outlook | Saturday, July 23, 2022
Connext Drive 2.0's new features expedite direct connections with AUTOSAR and ROS 2
FREMONT, CA: “Connext Drive 2.0 reinforces the market commitment from RTI by initiating a use-case driven product, Market Development Director, Automotive at RTI. At RTI, were dedicated to helping our customers overcome the current architectural limitations in automotive with a product that secures several annual releases, including a long-term safety-certified modular solution to enable Autonomous and Electric Vehicle innovation," states Pedro Lopez Estepa. Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the largest provider of software frameworks for autonomous systems, has introduced RTI Connext Drive® 2.0, a framework for software-defined automobiles with production-grade connectivity. Connext Drive accelerates direct connections with AUTOSAR Classic and ROS 2, allowing developers to exploit data-centric connectivity with well-known ecosystem architectures. This reduces the need for original programming and enables a quicker start to develop on current, familiar platforms. It also reduces total system complexity and cost while constructing a dynamic, future-proof system that does not sacrifice performance.
Connext Drive 2.0 features components safety-certified to ASIL D levels by TUV SUD, "the highest level of software certification," ensuring the functional safety of each component, from the ECU to the Central Gateways. In addition, it now offers interoperability with two prominent Real-Time Operating Systems: QNX for Safety over armv8 and AUTOSAR Classic OS implementation over Infineon TriCore, providing a dependable and low-risk road to production-grade safety. Connext Drive 2.0 is currently installed in the United States, Europe, and Asia production vehicles.
"RTI Connext Drive helps address a fundamental challenge for the vehicle of tomorrow by providing a data-centric architecture," comments Nelson Quintana, Head of the Infineon Automotive Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC). "We recognize the value of such technology and look forward to expanding our cooperation with RTI to bring its DDS-based technology, combined with Infineon's leading automotive microcontroller portfolio including the AURIX" ¢ family, to enable next-generation E/E architectures."
Connext Drive 2.0 provides a streamlined method for delivering high-performance computing capabilities employing safety-certification components and teleoperation plug-ins. Connext Drive is based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS") standard, the industry-leading data communication standard established by AUTOSAR and ROS. This will assist OEMs in swiftly designing multiple vehicle architectures by allowing them to select the appropriate features and functions for every use case. Connext Integration Toolkit for AUTOSAR Classic consists of tools that bridge AUTOSAR Classic ECU modeling and configuration workflows with RTI Connext Drive 2.0 for rapid and scalable communication between embedded, real-time, and secure systems. This connection facilitates the design and evolution of automotive ECUs that support DDS.
Connext ROS 2 Toolkit consists of a growing library of tools that facilitate the integration of ROS 2 with the Connext Drive ecosystem, giving ROS 2 developers a bridge to production-grade systems. This integration allows customers to reduce latency in their ROS 2 systems using an RTI-developed ROS Middleware Wrapper. Connext Drive Launcher assists customers in designing a vehicle for a particular use case, such as Next Generation E/E, ADAS, Teleoperations, Simulation, or High-Performance Compute. By selecting the ideal features for a particular use case, developers boost their efficiency and decrease their time to market. Users can now facilitate project creation with direct access to Connext Drive's comprehensive collection of utilities, services, and tools.