The two companies plan to share ideas and information to advance and commercialize software-defined vehicles and electrical and electronic architecture (EEA). The collaboration is set to deliver safety-rated software control solutions for the automotive and autonomous vehicle markets.
Digital Backbone, Applied EV’s central control unit, is currently powered by NXP’s S32G family of vehicle network processors — designed to accelerate the shift to simplified domain and zonal-based vehicle architectures.
“Applied EV’s collaborative and solutions-oriented mindset to enable software control for autonomous driving for the industry at large has been very successful,” said Lars Reger, CTO at NXP Semiconductors. “We’re excited to collaborate on the next phase of this innovation by integrating NXP’s comprehensive portfolio of complementary solutions with Applied EV’s software-defined vehicle technology capabilities.”
Applied EV’s technology is designed to centralize all software functions into a singular control system, dynamic enough to power all driving and steering functions. According to the company, its simplified architecture reduces OEM complexity, accelerates development and deployment, and makes the entire ecosystem more sustainable.
“Our team has already achieved early successes on the path to producing a commercially available, safety-certified controller for vehicles,” said Julian Broadbent, CEO of Applied EV. “Our collaboration and strategic relationship with NXP has been founded on our joint ambition to further innovate the field of Software-Defined Vehicles. It is a natural fit towards a future where software features and the electronics to support them will create significant value for auto makers.”
Applied EV works closely with automotive OEMs to support the global migration to use more software in vehicles to unlock economics and enhanced features for customers who are looking for safe, autonomous and connected vehicle solutions.
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