Intelligent Connectivity Framework from Prototype to Production

For automakers building the vehicles of tomorrow, the race to market is already on. And from now on, every decision - from design to prototype to production - needs to be the right one. After all, the agility to move at top speed is vital in the fast-paced world of autonomous vehicle development, at every stage of the project.

The simple truth is this: Choosing the right connectivity software at the beginning can help automakers glide gracefully over the finish line at the end. Choosing the wrong one, however, can steer a team miles off course. The solution? RTI Connext Drive®, the only standards-based solution that can meet the industry’s stringent safety, security and performance requirements.


Connext Drive is TÜV SÜD-certified to ASIL D to meet the Safety Lifecycle requirements set forth by ISO 26262. Connext Drive includes all the necessary Safety artifacts and Safety Manual, which can significantly reduce Functional Safety Lifecycle efforts for system integrators.

RTI Connext Drive®

Exclusively for automakers aiming for an easier go-to-market experience, we are pleased to offer RTI Connext Drive: The first complete automotive-grade connectivity solution for autonomous vehicle development.

Connext Drive User Experiences

The integration of BlackBerry QNX's safety-certified operating system with RTI’s data-centric connectivity framework provides a solid foundation on which to base software development for connected and autonomous vehicles. Partnerships like this enable our customers to architect and realize next generation distributed systems.

Grant Courville, Vice President, Products and Strategy
BlackBerry QNX

Baidu is developing solutions for autonomous valet parking, fully autonomous mini-buses and more, based on Apollo, a leading global autonomous vehicle technology platform. The reason we decided to work with RTI's technology as the connectivity framework was for the superior reliability, a critical factor in the development of autonomous driving. With Connext, we can guarantee the utilization of bandwidth with TCP + UDP, ensure flexibility through multiple QoS strategies and apply standards-based security and safety. We are looking forward to accelerating innovation in autonomous driving together with RTI.

Dounan Wei, Commercialization Manager
Baidu Intelligent Vehicle Business Unit

We specialize in providing vehicle-agnostic driverless software for urban environments. Our target applications include autonomous transportation around hotels, theme parks, commercial offices, retirement communities and more. We selected RTI’s connectivity software because it provides the high performance we require, while giving us the flexibility we need to customize our technology per application. With RTI’s technical expertise, 15 years of proven industry experience and market-leading technology, we’re able to deliver safe, autonomous solutions across the Asia-Pacific region.

Derrick Loh, CEO

Automotive Standards and Partners

With Connext Drive, automotive manufacturers now have the capabilities required to deploy Next Gen E/E Zonal Architectures and explore telematics applications or vehicle telemetry. Connext Drive offers a common development paradigm to safely and securely develop Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected car systems, reducing both time-to-market and the overall complexity of software architecture.

RTI Connext Drive is built on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard. Trusted and proven, DDS is the data-centric connectivity standard used by AUTOSAR Adaptive and ROS 2 for autonomous vehicles. Connext Drive is the first – and only – software that can integrate DDS, ROS 2, AUTOSAR Classic, and AUTOSAR Adaptive, letting automotive companies work with the standard (or standards) that best meets their needs at different points in the innovation cycle.

From research to production, Connext Drive offers automakers the software they need to operate in diverse real-time environments, interoperate with other systems within the vehicle, implement real-time WAN transport for connected vehicles, connect to off-vehicle systems and build in top security, with optional ISO 26262 ASIL D safety-certified libraries.

Going the Distance with RTI Connext Drive

Connext Drive offers a flexible, standard-based architecture that can help future-proof autonomous vehicle development, as well as accommodate evolving industry regulations. Connext Drive delivers years of experience in enabling mission-critical, autonomous systems across industries, as a simple-to-access package for automakers. Connext Drive is ready to solve challenges - even the ones not yet thought of, or planned.

Ready to go the distance? RTI Connext Drive is the only standards-based solution specifically built for both the current and future development of intelligent, autonomous vehicles. For a preview of the safety features of Connext Drive, try the free trial for 30 days.

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RTI provides customers building vehicles with a simple licensing model and affordable annual subscription pricing.

Commercial Licenses

Pricing is adapted to the phase of the project. Connext Drive licensing provides dedicated licenses for the initial reference platform and prototype phases as well as final production program development.  

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RTI provides free-of-charge Connext licenses for use with open source projects.