Vehicle lighting upgrades over-the-air

Louise Smyth

Excelfore will be demonstrating its eSync system with lighting and electronics expert Hella at the CES 2018 exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, 2018.

The demonstrations, taking place in the Excelfore suites in the Westgate Resort, will showcase in practice how the eSync over-the-air (OTA) platform will help carmakers take full advantage of innovative automotive technologies. A representative vehicle network with fully functional current-production Hella body control and trailer modules will be used. Deep-reaching analytics will go far beyond reading pre-defined error codes.  The eSync system can push diagnostic software from the cloud server to individual electronic control units (ECUs) in the vehicle. A variety of electrical, electronic and connectivity characteristics will be drawn and logged for tracking and analysis to predict potential technical issues. The same eSync system can then remotely deliver updated software over-the-air to address issues before they cause failures. 
The eSync platform will also be used to propose and to install new premium features into Hella’s innovative lighting systems, allowing OEMs to access new business opportunities by creating options for consumers to customise features in their cars.
“Our new advanced lighting systems will open up entirely new possibilities in automotive lighting. This enables us to offer additional functions that make driving even safer and more comfortable,” said Dr Michael Kleinkes, Head of Global Lighting Technology Development at Hella. “Additionally, the collaboration with Excelfore enables us to add lighting features after start-of-production, optimising the support for the driver in respect to safety and comfort.”
“By providing a secure bi-directional pipeline to reach the electronic devices in the car, eSync creates new opportunities for innovative companies and their OEM customers to improve the car-owners’ experience, offering post-sale upgrades, and boosting the reliability of their vehicles even as they deploy new technologies,” said Shrinath Acharya, chief executive officer of Excelfore. “The eSync OTA platform enables new automotive applications – we expect many interesting innovations from global leaders as this level of connectivity proliferates across the automotive industry.”

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