The goal to make autonomous driving a reality is creating a paradigm shift in the automotive industry. Revolutionary new ideas and technologies are being developed that will forever change how we conceive and use this mode of transportation, bringing benefits to society in terms of safety, convenience and mobility.
But to relinquish control to a machine, trusting it with our lives and those of others, will require a concerted effort to develop new technologies in the area of sensors, computing, algorithms and networking. It will also rely on a new concept for in-vehicle networking, one that is able to deliver rich data at blazing speeds to powerful computing elements inside the vehicle.
This new breed of in-vehicle networking architecture is practically a data-center on wheels. Akin to a very advanced nervous system, it is based on an array of ECUs, CPUs/GPUs, high-definition cameras, sensors, gateways, and storage devices, all connected through a high-speed, Multi-Gigabit/s Ethernet network that seamlessly moves data throughout the vehicle with a focus on redundancy, security and reliability. We call it Networking for Autonomous Vehicles, NAV.
The charter of NAV Alliance is to provide a platform for the automotive industry to develop the next generation of in-vehicle network infrastructure for autonomous vehicles, and facilitate wide deployment of networking technologies and products. It was founded by Bosch, Continental, Marvell, NVIDIA, and Volkswagen Group of America, each a leader in their respective segment as an auto manufacturer or technology provider. These founding members of the NAV alliance share the goal of developing the ecosystem that is required for next generation Multi-Gig automotive Ethernet network in the vehicle.