TTTech Auto, the technology leader in automotive safety software, and ZettaScale Technology, the pioneer in pub/sub/query protocol, announced the launch of Zetta Auto. Combining their technology strengths, the two companies are delivering a unified communication platform for the automotive industry, initially focusing on making Serviced-Oriented Architecture (SOA) communication safe, performant and predictable. Extending the scope of the collaboration, Zetta Auto is also paving the way for a much-needed unification across the cloud-to-microcontroller communication continuum.
Unlocking the full capabilities of software-defined vehicles demands a communication solution that is interoperable with automotive frameworks, and allows software and hardware to evolve independently while being performant, predictable and safe. Zetta Auto achieves this by combining the power of Data Distribution Service (DDS), Time Sensitive Networking
(TSN) and Zenoh (pub/sub/query). Through the unified integration of these protocols, Zetta Auto’s capabilities are tailored to the specific needs of the automotive industry, and deliver adaptable communication solutions for both current and future vehicle architectures.
The cutting-edge in-vehicle communication solution, leveraging and extending ZettaScale’s open-core Cyclone DDS, empowers vehicle applications to effortlessly exchange information across a wide range of operating systems, development languages and complex processor architectures and microcontrollers. Seamless interoperability and developer-friendly flexibility are achieved while ensuring predictable quality of service, remarkable throughput and minimal latency. The result is a substantial enhancement to end-to-end vehicle performance and robust networking capabilities, ideally suited for domain-based and zonal electronic/electrical architectures currently being developed.
Zetta Auto empowers car manufacturers to harness the benefits of TSN, facilitating real-time communication within vehicles. This critical feature plays a pivotal role in unlocking the era of software-defined vehicles, enabling seamless software integration, validation and verification through end-to-end communication properties. With the inclusion of the TSN tool suite and integration capabilities, car manufacturers can confidently achieve advanced functionality with remarkable speed and efficiency.
Zetta Auto’s integrated solution for microcontrollers builds on Zenoh Pico, a lightweight implementation of Zenoh, to guarantee minimal CPU and memory usage, resulting in an optimized footprint. It seamlessly integrates with AUTOSAR Classic, simplifying the development process with its included toolchain, and reducing the need for software component modifications.
“With this launch, we are bringing mature technology already proven in other industries to the automotive industry and combining it with time-sensitive networking capabilities,” says Salvador Rodriguez, Head of Product Management at TTTech Auto.
“In this way, we can unleash the potential of DDS for development teams while keeping system integrability under control. Zetta Auto is our first step in making service-oriented architecture a reality in the automotive industry.”
“We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration with TTTech Auto toward a unified end-to-end solution,” says Angelo Corsaro, PhD, CEO/CTO, ZettaScale. “With Zetta Auto, we are truly harnessing the best-in-class technologies to offer the best in-vehicle platform, along with paving the way to next-generation cloud-to-microcontroller communication and data integration.”
Zetta Auto is compatible with MotionWise, TTTech Auto’s Safety Middleware – on the road in millions of vehicles, and enables interoperability with established and standardized software stacks such as Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) and AUTOSAR. This ensures a smooth and efficient integration experience throughout all development phases, empowering automotive developers with a flexible, versatile and robust solution. In addition, Zetta Auto will be extended with ASIL-D certification for in-vehicle communication in early 2024.
“Together with ZettaScale, we will develop the next industry standard for safety and reliability in the rapidly evolving field of autonomous driving,” says Friedhelm Pickhard, CGO at TTTech Auto. “Zetta Auto is part of a set of software services and tools provided by TTTech Auto to develop vehicle operating systems that meet defined safety and performance standards.
Zetta Auto is now available for automotive innovation projects. Discover more about the capabilities and benefits of Zetta Auto by visiting the website. A downloadable Product Description is available, providing in-depth insights into the product's features and capabilities.
About TTTech Auto
TTTech Auto provides solutions for the challenges of future vehicle generations and the transition towards software-defined vehicles. 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 the 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 France, 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 more connected, instrumented and interdependent, ZettaScale enables device creators to easily achieve robust, secure and scalable communication.