Excelfore announces that its eSync platform has been selected to provide Over-The-Air (OTA) updates and data gathering for Baidu’s Apollo Project.

The Apollo Project provides an open and secure software platform for its partners to create autonomous driving systems. By avoiding the need for companies to duplicate each other’s code and development effort, Apollo enables the creation, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles to evolve faster than closed ecosystems. The project has over 100 global partners, including BMW, Bosch, BYD, Daimler AG, Delphi, Dongfeng, FAW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, Volkswagen China, and ZTE.

The eSync platform employs a server-client-agent architecture to build a secure bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and the various electronic end devices in a vehicle. It can update software and firmware over-the-air (OTA) and can collect real-time operating data from any of the end devices in the vehicle. The bi-directional capability of the eSync data pipeline provides the basis for aggregating “big data” and building an interactive learning loop between the cloud and the many controllers and sensors in the vehicle, which enables the rapid development of advanced algorithms ideally suited for the Apollo project.