With the launch of its new software as a service (SaaS) platform for connected vehicles, Berlin software technology company ATS Advanced Telematic, presented a proof of concept with Japanese electric vehicle manufacturer GLM as part of the Connected Car Japan exhibition.
Both companies agreed to explore future collaboration with regard to connected driving, paving the way for the development of an over the air (OTA )updating system for GLM’s next-generation EV platform.
Here’s what’s cool: Offering a free and ready-to-use cloud-based software service, ATS Garage has been created for development departments of automotive manufacturers and suppliers, research institutes and startups in the mobility and internet of all things (IoT) sectors.
Upon launching the SaaS platform, which is based on open standards and open-source technology, users can deploy over-the-air updates for wireless soft- and firmware updates for connected vehicles and devices. The current version of ATS Garage supports OSTree, a new mode of wireless updating of soft- and firmware that meets the highest security standards, as well as saving memory and reducing bandwidth.
“OTA updates are essential for software-defined cars. Carmakers are already realizing the advantages of utilizing shared platforms and open source technology. Automotive Grade Linux demonstrates this, with increasing engagement from OEMs like Daimler and Toyota. ATS Garage’s SaaS solution is a perfect example of how the industry can benefit by realizing cost savings and preventing proprietary lock-in,” says Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and VP at ABI Research.
Japanese EV manufacturer GLM, which impressed crowds at the Paris Motor Show with the unveiling of its GLM G4 concept, is one of the first industrial users of ATS Garage.
At the Connected Car Japan expo in Tokyo, GLM President Hiroyasu Koma emphasized the central role of software development in future automotive development, as well as the continual updating of soft- and firmware, in the innovation process of connected vehicles. Speaking to this point, ATS’s CEO Armin G. Schmidt said that the use of OTA technology providers creates a secure distribution channel for new software-based vehicle features and consequently additional business models (see press release here). The OTA solution from ATS is part of the open Automotive Grade Linux software platform supported by Daimler and Toyota, among others.
ATS Garage is free to use in an experimental setting, such as by mobility and IoT start-ups. Since ATS Garage is a cloud platform based on open standards and open source technology,