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AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform 18.03: Now with DDS!

On Monday, April 23, the latest AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform specification, release 18.03, was published on the AUTOSAR website. What makes this one special? For the first time, the AUTOSAR specification includes a binding to the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, which opens up the Adaptive Platform to a whole new level of integration. Although this isn’t a complete binding yet, it is the first step to include DDS. You can find the new specifications on their website in these Adaptive Foundation documents:

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Here's Why Everyone Is Using RTI Connext DDS for Autonomous Vehicles

Considering how new the OMG DDS standard is to the Automotive Industry, it is quite remarkable how DDS has gone from a completely unknown technology to something that everyone working on autonomous cars seems to be very familiar with. Two years ago, when I started working with RTI to promote DDS for Autonomous Driving, I found that most people in the industry knew very little about RTI nor DDS. I got a lot of blank stares. But, by the middle of 2017, it seemed that everyone I ran into had heard of DDS and likely had some idea of how it applied to their autonomous project. Fast forward to 2018, it is clear that acceptance and adoption of DDS within the industry is accelerating, and this interest is from both traditional manufacturers and startups (primarily based in Silicon Valley).

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Standards vs. Standardization: How to Drive Innovation in Self-Driving Cars

Authors: Bob Leigh & Brett Murphy

There was a great article in the NY Times recently that suggested self-driving cars may need some standards to foster innovation. This is certainly true, but the article confuses standards and standardization, suggesting that standardizing on a common automotive platform may instead stifle innovation. It is important to understand the difference between the decision to ‘standardize’ on a platform, and the very powerful impact an interoperability standard can have on an industry.

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Security for IoT: What can Industrial IoT learn from the recent DDoS attack?

The Mirai DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack last Friday revealed a fundamental weakness of current IoT deployments and showed the absolute necessity of new security models. The DDoS attack was against consumer IoT device, but there are many parallels between Consumer IoT and Industrial. This attack involved 10s of millions of IP addresses[i], a massive and unprecedented number of devices. Unfortunately, it seems like it was fairly easy to carry-out, especially since the source code for the Mirai botnet is easily accessible. The primary tool to hack into an array of consumer IoT devices (internet enable cameras, DVRs, etc) was a set of default, manufacturer-set passwords. [ii] How many have run into default passwords on operational industrial devices? Or perhaps it would be better to ask, how many have ever run across a password that has been changed? The latter would probably be easier to count.

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Join RTI and Mentor Graphics to Discuss System Security and the Industrial IoT

On November 2, 2016, Warren Kurisu, Director of Product Management at Mentor Graphics, and I will be discussing how to implement reliability and security in Industrial IoT (IIoT).  We know these qualities are important for IIoT, but the scale of the problem, and the scale of the networks involved, can present a challenge to anyone trying to implement real-world solutions. Although nothing is easy in this new hyper-connected, innovative, data-driven world, when you understand the right approach, the problem isn’t nearly so daunting.

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Robots on Wheels - By 2021, This May Be the New Normal

If you drive a car, I suggest you read this post by Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Company. Ford is staking their claim in the driverless car market, and it is a bold one. Ford expects to mass-produce driverless cars in 2021 for ride-hailing and ride-sharing services. And this isn’t an advanced autopilot or car with self-driving capabilities; this is a “No steering wheel. No gas pedals. No brake pedals. A driver will not be required.” fully driverless car.

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