The REBCAR (Real-Time Ethernet Backbone for Cars) project will provide a demonstrator of an innovative, intelligent data networking architecture for vehicles. The focus of Korf's research activities lies on domain-spanning real-time behaviour. "Ethernet as a data backbone in automotive environments needs to meet stringent real-time requirements", Korf said. He added that he expects from the perspective of data communications, the currently separated domains will grow together gradually. "We don't expect that by 2020 in vehicles all networking functions will be implemented in Ethernet", the scientist added‚.
The system to be developed by the Hamburg researchers will resemble today's widespread point-to-point connections with switches as the active elements.
Within the REBCAR project, the Hamburg research group collaborates with the Oldenburg University, the C-LAB in Paderborn and engineering company IAV. Results can be expected in three years.