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VWGoA, Aquantia, Bosch, Continental and NVIDIA form NAV alliance

Published 28 June 2018

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), Aquantia, Bosch, Continental and NVIDIA have formed the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance to drive the ecosystem development required for the next generation of Multi-Gig Ethernet networking in 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.

Volkswagen Group of America executive vice president and North American Region chief engineering officer Matthias Erb, said: “Volkswagen Group of America is pleased to join the NAV Alliance as a founding member because we are aiming to provide the best self-driving experience for our customers. The Volkswagen team is looking forward to collaborating with other alliance members to advance the safety and ease of use for autonomous vehicles while bringing them to market faster.”

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. 

NAV alliance’s members 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 Ethernet network that works to seamlessly move data throughout the vehicle securely and reliably. 

NAV Alliance’s Founding Objectives

Promote development of new specifications, as well as build consensus for new technologies related to Multi-Gig Ethernet automotive networking

Create procedures and testing requirements to endeavor to ensure interoperability, security, and reliability of the in-vehicle network

Promote products and solutions that adhere to the new specifications

Liaise with standards bodies to build consensus, create IEEE proposals, and promote standardization

Build awareness and educate the market place and users on the requirements for autonomous vehicle networks

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.

Source: Company Press Release