Fujitsu and VMware expand partnership for IoT solutions in automobile industry

Fujitsu and VMware expand partnership for IoT solutions in automobile industry
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Fujitsu and VMware have announced they are expanding their strategic partnership combining the former’s over the air programming with the latter’s IoT solutions.

The move will enable automobile manufacturers and partners to drive robust solutions with regard to connected cars and autonomous driving.

As the number of electronic control units (ECUs) managing automotive parts increases in cars, the software embedded into the ECUs has become more sophisticated, and in turn, is becoming more challenging to manage, the companies note. Similarly, software issues can also pose challenges for automobile manufacturers as more and more technologies are being integrated into vehicles.

As a result, it will become imperative for 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’s OTA Reprograming Solution connects with the cloud environment and applies the delta update technology of software to efficiently manage and update essential software for connected cars. By combining with VMware IoT solutions, the OTA Reprograming Solution will enable automobile manufacturers to quickly provide OTA software updates as necessary to all the devices in a car.

The two companies will also collaborate to expand their combined offerings of differentiated services in the mobility space. Shikou Kikuta, SVP, head of mobility IoT business unit at Fujitsu, said: “We look forward to fostering these offerings in our mobile business.”

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