Real-Time Innovations Unveils Connext Drive: Automotive-Grade Connectivity Solution for Autonomous Vehicle Development

November 15, 2019 Perry Cohen

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), a connectivity company, unveiled Connext Drive, which provides automotive manufacturers with the software and tools to build autonomous vehicles and fleets. It includes a native Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing and integrating vehicle applications and supports software from the research phase all the way through to production. 

Connext Drive implements data-centric connectivity that offers a virtual “distributed shared memory” because it is built on the open Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard. This lets advanced algorithms get all the data they need while reducing in-vehicle wiring.

The DDS standard is specified by all the important automotive ecosystems, including ROS2, AUTOSAR, and several commercial designs. This lets Connext Drive integrate DDS, AUTOSAR Classic, and AUTOSAR Adaptive, letting OEMs work with the standards that best meet their needs at different points in the innovation cycle. 

According to the company, Connext Drive offers security, evolution management, redundancy, safety, and system development tools.

For additional information on RTI Connext Drive, please visit: https://www.rti.com/

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Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation in addition to podcast production. He also assists with the publication’s social media efforts which include strategic posting, follower engagement, and social media analysis. Before joining the ECD editorial team, Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university. He can be reached by email at perry.cohen@opensysmedia.com. Follow Perry’s work and ECD content on his twitter account @pcohen21.

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