Automotive Ethernet is attracting attention in the auto industry, where the technology is viewed as a key to accelerating the pursuit of driverless car innovations. Ethernet is the world’s most widely used networking standard for LANs at homes and companies. It is expanding its application potential to a new realm―in-vehicle networking, which is used for communication among Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and many other computerized mechanisms.
One major challenge facing autonomous driving systems is effective coordinated control across multiple functional domains. These include vehicle motion (move, turn, stop), safety (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems [ADAS], etc.), systems in the vehicle body (seats, power windows) and information communication (car navigation system, rear seat display). To address this challenge, the key is a strong backbone network that can handle quick, large-volume data transmissions—and Ethernet is the solution. This well-established technology can provide high-speed data transmission capabilities (100 mbs, 1 gbs, 10 gbs, and more) to enable in-vehicle communication as required according to vehicle type and model. In addition, installing an Ethernet system in a car can reduce cables, thereby increasing space and weight efficiency while achieving high-speed communication.
Another important advantage of Automotive Ethernet is that it can build simpler network architectures. In many current in-vehicle LAN systems, a number of ECUs are connected to Controller Area Networks (CANs) and Local Interconnect Networks (LINs), which in turn are connected via gateways. In this system, architecture building tends to become increasingly complicated to accommodate each additional functional need, resulting in a swelling number of processes and soaring costs. Automotive Ethernet is expected to simplify system configurations, which will facilitate design and component commonality, thus lowering costs.
Automotive Ethernet also supports IP-based communications, a base function for external connection to crowd services.
In order to ensure effective implementation of Automotive Ethernet, however, a number of technological hurdles need to be cleared in areas particularly important to automotive mechanisms. These include real-time communication capability, fail-safe functions and cyber-security—an area that is becoming critical to ensure safe connection to crowd services.
This conference will focus on Automotive Ethernet. It will introduce the latest trends and information on various themes related to next-generation networking, cyber-security, and crowd connection. Leading experts in these fields have been invited from the world’s major automotive and auto parts manufacturers to share inspiring and insightful views in their presentations.
In exhibitions, companies that have started Automotive Ethernet development will offer demonstrations that display their latest activities. At the end of the two-day program, a reception will be held to provide an opportunity for informal but in-depth information sharing and exchanges of opinions. Come and discover what this informative event can offer you.