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RTI Connext Drive

The leading production-grade, safety-certified communications framework for software-defined vehicles.

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Connext Drive
Zonal Architecture
Digital Cockpit

Intelligent Communication Framework from Prototype to Production

Designed to support the development of today's autonomous and software-defined vehicles, RTI Connext Drive is a communication framework that minimizes overall system complexity and cost, while building a future-proof, evolving system that doesn't compromise performance. Connext Drive includes direct integration into AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive. This integration enables functional safety across ECUs to zonal gateways, high-performance compute and digital cockpit, establishing a modular footprint optimized for each architectural component.

Automakers looking to streamline development and fast-track success through an open architecture are increasingly turning to Connext Drive to slash development time and reduce the need for proprietary programming.



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.

Embedded Award 2024 Certificate

Embedded Award 2024

RTI Connext Drive was recognized at Embedded World 2024, in Nuremberg, Germany with the Embedded Award for the Software category. This recognition celebrates groundbreaking advancements in embedded system technologies, honoring the most innovative products that are reshaping the industry.


Included with Connext Drive, the RTI Connext Integration Toolkit for AUTOSAR Classic:

  • Speeds development through automatic conversion of data type definitions across standard formats (OMG® IDL, OMG DDS-XML and AUTOSAR ARXML) and
  • Generates C code for data conversion and marshaling between the runtime environment (RTE) and DDSTM communication frameworks.

The DDS standard is included in the AUTOSAR Adaptive specification, enabling OEMs to meet the demanding requirements of High Performance Computing (HPC).

Included with Connext Drive, the RTI Connext Integration Toolkit for AUTOSAR Adaptive provides a code generator for application-specific DDS Network Binding assets plus a library implementing the AUTOSAR Communications Management DDS Network Binding.

With Connext Drive, developers can:

  • Leverage additional technologies outside the AUTOSAR specification,
  • Gain a simple integration path to other distributed systems, and
  • Provide a path to future-proofing current investments.

RTI Connext Drive

To help automakers streamline their go-to-market journey, Connext Drive delivers the leading safety-certified, data-centric communications framework for SDVs.

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RTI Connext Drive Datasheet

Learn more about the first and only automotive-grade, safety-certified communications framework.

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Interactive Use Cases

Learn how Connext Drive works to solve your latest connected car challenge.

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RTI at CES 2024

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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 its 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

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Simple & Fair Pricing

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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Open Source

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