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Fujitsu, VMware, to play with cars in the cloud

April 25th, 2017
Fujitsu and VMware are collaborating on the Fujitsu OTA Reprograming Solution, which will be combined with VMware IoT solutions for connected car and autonomous driving solutions. 
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Fujitsu and VMware are to collaborate on IoT solutions for the automobile industry. The Fujitsu OTA Reprograming Solution will be combined with VMware IoT solutions for connected car and autonomous driving solutions.

Several automobile manufacturers are investing in technologies for connected cars, which will use new cloud services.

As the number of electronic control units (ECUs) that manage automotive parts increases in cars, the software that is embedded into the ECUs has become more sophisticated, and in turn, is becoming more challenging to manage. Automobile recalls due to software issues can pose challenges for automobile manufacturers.

With more technologies being integrated into vehicles, it is imperative for automobile manufacturers to have the ability to quickly and easily reprogram software as required, while also being able to manage and monitor software versions individually. Fujitsu and VMware will provide a one-stop service to meet automobile manufacturers’ reliability requirements by integrating VMware IoT solutions into Fujitsu’s OTA Reprograming Solution.

Fujitsu and VMware provided the following information on technologies that will form part of the one-stop cloud service for connected cars:

Fujitsu

·       The software of ECUs in further advanced functions come from the popularization of connected cars. Fujitsu will provide its OTA Reprograming Solution, connecting with the cloud environment, and apply the delta update technology of software to efficiently manage and update essential software for connected cars.

·       Fujitsu will provide security technologies mounted through the business of Fujitsu feature phones, smartphones, etc. from automobile development sites to the assembly factories and throughout the automobile’s lifecycle.

VMware

·       VMware IoT solutions, with Fujitsu’s OTA Reprogramming Solution will enable automobile manufacturers to quickly provide OTA software updates as necessary to all the devices in a car.

·       VMware IoT solutions can expand rapidly, providing agility for the global deployment of services and advanced security technologies for connected cars.

Starting with developments for the automotive industry, Fujitsu and VMware will also collaborate to expand their combined offerings of differentiated services in the mobility space.

“Fujitsu has partnered with VMware since 2006, and we are pleased to say that our partnership with VMware now extends to the IoT industry as well,” said Shikou Kikuta, head of the Mobility IoT Business Unit at Fujitsu. “For our OTA Reprograming Solution, as we are seeing increasing demands from automobile manufacturers and their tier 1 components manufacturers as a global standard, we will provide an OTA platform for connected cars by integrating VMware IoT solutions into our secure and effective OTA Reprograming Solution. We look forward to fostering these offerings in our mobile business,”

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