UP2DATE project team achieves first milestones towards safer car and rail software updates

Car and rail Over-the-Air software updates may soon become safer and more secure thanks to the results of the EU-funded UP2DATE project. The first project milestones were presented to the Industrial Advisory Board in an online conference this summer.

The research project, which kicked off at the start of 2020 in Bologna, seeks to provide new software paradigms for safe and secure software updates of mixed-criticality cyber-physical systems (MCCPS) found in the automotive and rail sectors. This also includes assessment of the associated safety and security verification and validation cost. Among TTTech Auto, other consortium members include Barcelona Super Computing, CAF Signalling, IAV, Marelli, Offis, Auto and Ikerlan.

Next to the definition of project requirements and success criteria, the first project milestones included the selection and setup of the hardware and software platforms and an initial safety and security analysis of such platforms. It has been decided that the project will focus on a variety of four platforms: two decided by direct requirements of the industrial users (Renesas RCar H3 and Infineon Tricore TC397) and two research heterogeneous platforms (the NVIDIA Xavier and the Zynq Ultrascale+).

“Now that these first important milestones have been achieved, we look forward to entering the conceptional and development phases,” says Dr. Mohammed Abuteir, UP2DATE Project Manager at TTTech’s Innovation Projects and Funding Management division, which coordinates project funding across the entire TTTech Group. “Finally, we will evaluate the framework generated within the project in railway and automotive use cases.”

As an expert in the area of series-proven safety software platforms for automated driving, TTTech Auto is contributing its know-how in safety aspects of the in-vehicle network to the UP2DATE framework definition. TTTech Auto is also implementing the scheduling and services for allocating computation resources to functional software components. In the final project phase, TTTech Auto will be testing and evaluating the UP2DATE framework for automotive use-cases.

 


The project has received funding from the European Community’s H2020 program under grant agreement 871465.

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Car and rail Over-the-Air software updates may soon become safer and more secure thanks to the results of the EU-funded UP2DATE project.