This year’s 5th Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day was held in Yokohama, conveniently located about 30 minutes south of Tokyo. With about 400 attendees and roughly 30 exhibitors, the event grew again compared to last year.
Consensus at the show was that Ethernet for the car is now really taking off. The applications for Ethernet for in-vehicle communication are broad.
BMW gave an overview of their adoption of Ethernet, first using it in 2008 for updating software in the car, running diagnostics, and private links. In 2011, the scope expanded into using Ethernet for infotainment and driver assist also, and in 2013 BMW introduced Ethernet-based cameras for rear and surround view. At the show, BMW announced that they have adopted Ethernet as their main system bus in the new 7-series vehicles. Other automotive OEMs are quick to follow BMW. Today, Jaguar Landrover, VW, Audi, Porsche, and GM are already also in production with Ethernet-based systems.
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