ZF acquires stake in Apex.AI

– Apex.OS meta-operating system contributing to ZF middleware and high performance computing

– Meets the highest functional safety standard for vehicles

– Suitable for all types of vehicles and all levels of automation

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany, December 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Next-generation vehicle intelligence is increasingly migrating to a few high-performance mainframes. The software running on it should be easy to update and expand with new functions, like a smartphone. And all this with the highest functional safety standards for mobility systems.

ZF bolstered its automotive software business by acquiring a 5% stake in software company Apex.AI. In addition to financial support, ZF will also develop software solutions based on the Apex.OS meta-operating system. “Based on Apex.OS, we can offer our customers an additional ZF Middleware option,” said Nico Hartman, Head of the ZF Global Software Center. “This solution is certified to the highest functional safety standards for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Thus, we offer our customers an alternative to Autosar Adaptive.”

“We are proud that ZF, as one of the largest automotive OEMs in the world, also offers software solutions based on Apex.OS,” said John Becker, CEO and co-founder of Apex.AI. “We hope that this basic software, which is non-differentiating software for vehicle users, will become a standard in the automotive industry.”

ZF middleware solutions
Among ZF’s software-defined vehicle solutions, high-performance computers and software play a central role. In the electrical and electronic architectures of next-generation vehicles, they will control all important functions and connect them to both vehicle systems and the outside world.

ZF Middleware is an open software platform that acts as a “mediator” between a vehicle computer’s operating system and its software applications. The key functions of middleware are the abstraction of computer hardware from software applications and the communication between these applications. The actual software functions, such as autonomous driving functions, can then in turn be built on top of this middleware.

Highest functional safety standard
Apex.OS is a meta-operating system derived from the Robot Operation System (ROS), originally developed for robotic applications. Apex.AI developed this operating system for the automotive sector and obtained ASIL D certification according to the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for vehicles. As a result, this basic software for high-performance automotive computers, including associated software development kits, is readily available, providing automakers with the ability to further deploy scarce human resources in other areas that provide differentiation. significant for the end customer. Apex.OS can be used in all types of vehicles, such as passenger cars, robotaxis, shuttles and utility vehicles, and regardless of their level of automation.

Alternative communication framework to Autosar Adaptive
Apex.OS is written in the new C++ programming language standards, which allows for extensive reuse of individual building blocks. This approach is an alternative communication framework to the Adaptive Autosar standards widely used in the automotive industry. ZF can provide its customers with both approaches, depending on which variant the respective car manufacturer prefers.

About ZF
ZF is a global technology company providing systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF enables vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology areas of vehicle motion control, integrated safety, automated driving and electric mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established automakers and new transportation service providers. and emerging mobility. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and improving mobility safety.

In the 2020 financial year, ZF achieved a turnover of 32.6 billion euros. The company employs more than 150,000 people at approximately 270 sites in 42 countries.

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About Apex.AI
Apex.AI is a Palo Alto, Berlin, stuttgartand Munichbased in New York and developing revolutionary software that is secure, certified, developer-friendly and scalable for mobility systems. The company’s flagship product is Apex.OS, a robust and reliable meta-operating system that enables faster and easier software development for vehicles and safer autonomous driving solutions. Their software development kit targets two main customer groups, OEM developers who need to implement complex AI software integrated into the whole vehicle, and autonomous driving developers who can now implement applications safety critical with ease and reliability.

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