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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Engineering Beyond the Cubicle

First, a few questions:

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Hey, Charlie Miller! Let's Talk About Securing Autonomous Vehicles

A recent Wired article on Charlie Miller (infamously known for remotely hacking and controlling a Jeep) claims that “open conversation and cooperation among companies” are necessary prerequisites to building secure autonomous vehicles. This seems rather far-fetched when so many companies are racing to dominate the future of the once-nearly-dead-but-newly-revived (remember the Big Three bailouts?) automotive industry. As naive as that part of the article sounds, what really blew my mind was the implication that the answer to re-designing security lies solely within the autonomous-vehicle industry.

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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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A Foggy Forecast for the Industrial Internet of Things

Signs on I-280 up the San Francisco peninsula proclaim it the “World's Most Beautiful Freeway.” It’s best when the fog rolls over the hills into the valley, as in this picture I took last summer.

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