Cummins will join Eclipse Foundation, Microsoft, and other industry partners to release an open telematics software system designed to eliminate “complex customization and reprogramming.”
Cummins will release the Open Telematics Framework through the Eclipse foundation’s Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) working group. The group includes 38 different automotive and technology companies.
The Open Telematics Framework is a collaboration between numerous companies in the industry and not just a Cummins-focused effort, according to the company. Participants will not be locked into any proprietary solutions. The goal is for companies to collaborate on a solution to grow capabilities, enhancing the Open Telematics Framework to serve an even broader range of developers, OEMs, and aftermarket telematics providers, including Saucon Technologies.
“Saucon Technologies has been in collaboration with Cummins for many years through innovative hardware designs, software development, and integration expertise,” said Saucun CEO Bill French in a statement. “The participation in the Open Telematics Framework, via the Eclipse Foundation’s Software Defined Vehicle project, is a further testament to Saucon and Cummins’ shared commitment to innovation and driving the industry forward alongside other industry leaders.
This open framework will allow the industry to provide more cost-effective solutions, in a fraction of the time, while delivering seamless connectivity and unparalleled advancements in the world of mobility.”
Microsoft is working on cloud management capabilities that, when combined with the in-vehicle capabilities contributed by Cummins, will result in an open and comprehensive end-to-end solution.
“We believe our Software Defined Vehicle collaboration at The Eclipse Foundation will help simplify and accelerate the transformation of our automotive customers,” said Brian Willson, VP, West & Midwest region, Microsoft. “We are thrilled that Cummins is joining this initiative to lead the transformation in the commercial vehicle space. Their experience and open-source contribution will help the commercial vehicle space at large.”
Bosch is one of the founding members of the SDV.
“Bosch, and its subsidiary ETAS, have a strong history collaborating across the commercial vehicle industry with OEM and Tier 1 partners,” said Ansgar Lindwedel, director SDV Ecosystem Development ETAs, Bosch, in a statement. “As a founding member of the Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle Working Group, we have shown our commitment to open-source software solutions that can readily be implemented across industry ecosystems. We look forward to collaborating with Cummins and other organizations to bring this framework to the commercial vehicle segment, and appreciate Cummins’ engagement within this important open-source community.”