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05-07-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

NAV Alliance to Develop Future In-Vehicle Networking Architecture

Patrick Schäfer

​​​​​​​Aquantia, Bosch, Continental, Nvidia and Volkswagen have teamed up to form the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance. The new Alliance is aiming to drive the development of Multi-Gigabit Ethernet technology. 

The NAV Alliance members intend to develop a new platform for the vehicle networking of the future. The Multi-Gigabit Ethernet network technology is intended to reliably network the large number of control units (ECUs, CPUs, GPUs), high-resolution cameras, sensors, gateways and storage devices required for autonomous driving. “The volume of data generated by multiple types of sensors (camera, radar, lidar, ultrasound) can reach 32 TB every eight hours – that level of data transfer calls for a new breed of ultra-high-speed networks, including Multi-Gig Ethernet,” says James Hodgson, Senior Analyst Autonomous Driving, ABI Research.  

The Alliance are aiming to develop new specifications and uniform standards for Multi-Gigabit Ethernet technology, as well as create procedures and testing requirements to ensure the security and reliability of the in-vehicle network. “The creation of the NAV Alliance and the focus on Multi-Gig Ethernet will help drive strong industry standards that can ultimately change the role of transportation in society,” says Amir Bar-Niv, Vice President of Marketing for Strategic Markets at Aquantia.

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