TTTech Auto and ZettaScale Technology announce their alliance to provide cutting-edge communication technologies for software-defined vehicles. The upcoming software solution will enable flexible and safe application development. It will serve as a foundation to enable the extension of the vehicle life cycle via after-sales application updates. The partnership includes an investment by TTTech Auto in ZettaScale Technology as part of TTTech Auto’s inorganic growth strategy after its funding round earlier this year. The investment is subject to regulatory approval.
The initial product of this collaboration will be the first European implementation of a Data Distribution Service (OMG DDS) that is safety-certified under ISO 26262 for use in series cars. The MotionWise Cyclone DDS network protocol will ensure safe and quality-guaranteed communication in real-time within the entire vehicle.
To achieve this, both partners will combine ZettaScale’s open-source Cyclone DDS with TTTech Auto’s Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and safe real-time software expertise. With DDS already widely used by open-source developer communities, such as for the ROS2 robotics operating system, MotionWise Cyclone DDS will be able to attract new talent to help car manufacturers develop safe and resilient in-vehicle communication.
“System-wide safety is one of the biggest challenges for highly automated driving,” says Friedhelm Pickhard, Chief Growth Officer of TTTech Auto. “MotionWise Cyclone DDS will help car manufacturers to reduce time-to-value while guaranteeing the overall system safety and providing excellent UX, flexibility, security and end-to-end vehicle properties. Together with ZettaScale, we will develop the next industry standard for safety and reliability in the rapidly evolving field of autonomous driving. Standards and open-source technology are the cornerstones of safety and performance.”
MotionWise Cyclone DDS will address the industry’s need for flexibility in the early stages of development and accelerated time to market. Software development environments often differ from production environments. MotionWise Cyclone DDS, combined with the safe vehicle software platform MotionWise from TTTech Auto, will help bridge this gap in the production chain. The products will ensure a seamless software development environment for both the pre-development and production phases.
In this way, MotionWise Cyclone DDS’ mature technology lays the foundation for flexible application development, improved end-to-end vehicle behavior and robust vehicle networking in modern E/E architectures. In addition, MotionWise Cyclone DDS allows interoperability with established and standardized software stacks such as Robot Operating System (ROS) and Adaptive AUTOSAR.
“In TTTech Auto, we found the ideal partner to develop Cyclone DDS for the automotive market,” says Angelo Corsaro, CEO of ZettaScale Technology. Thanks to the vivid open-source community, Cyclone DDS’
real-time abilities and TTTech Auto’s safety expertise, we will create a product that will truly stand out in the market. We aim to expand the capabilities of software-defined vehicles by improving V2X communication and bringing edge computing support through the cutting-edge communication protocol Zenoh.”
“By including a DDS technology component in our TTTech portfolio, we will deliver on our modularization strategy for the entire MotionWise vehicle software platform,” says Patrik Fiegl, Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Management at TTTech Auto. “This means we are converting MotionWise into an individually consumable set of software services and tools that can be used and combined to build vehicle operating systems with well-defined attributes for system safety and performance.”
About TTTech Auto
TTTech Auto provides solutions for the challenges of future vehicle generations. The company specializes in safe software and hardware platforms for automated driving and beyond, applicable in series production programs. With its leading technology solutions, TTTech Auto ensures safety and electronic robustness for a more automated world.
TTTech Auto was founded in 2018 by TTTech Group and technology leaders Audi, Infineon and Samsung to build a global, safe vehicle software platform for automated and autonomous driving. In 2022, the company raised USD 285 million (EUR 250 million) from Aptiv and Audi in its latest funding round. At TTTech Auto’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and in more than 10 locations across Europe, the U.S.A. and Asia, 1,200 employees work with leading car manufacturers on their software-defined vehicle, ADAS and autonomous driving programs. The company has acquired and invested in technology companies in the UK, Spain, Turkey, China and Central and Eastern Europe. www.tttech-auto.com
About ZettaScale Technology
ZettaScale’s mission is to bring every connected human and machine the unconstrained freedom to communicate, compute and store — anywhere, at any scale, efficiently and securely. The company develops open-source communication middleware that underpins next-generation robotics, transportation and mission critical applications. As devices in the physical world become connected, instrumented and interdependent, ZettaScale enables device creators to easily achieve robust, secure and scalable communication. https://zettascale.tech