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Eclipse Velocitas

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 02:16 by Andreas Riexinger
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Traditionally the automotive industry was and still is centering around the hardware of vehicles and the corresponding hardware development and life-cycle management. Software, however, is gaining more and more importance in vehicle development and over the entire vehicle lifetime. Thus, the vehicle and its value to the customer is increasingly defined by software. This transition towards so-called software-defined vehicles changes the way how to innovate, how to code, how to deliver and how to work together. It is a change across the whole mobility value chain and life-cycle: from development and production to delivery and operations of the vehicle.


Eclipse Velocitas provides an end-to-end, scalable, modular and open source development toolchain for creating containerized and non-containerized in-vehicle applications. This will be conducted by bringing together contributors from the automotive industry, as well as tech players.


Eclipse Velocitas provides an end-to-end, scalable, modular and open source development toolchain for creating containerized and non-containerized in-vehicle applications.

Currently, the automotive industry is facing some revolutionary changes. This includes the clear trend towards electric vehicles as well as the rise of self-driving capabilities. One very important, yet often underestimated trend is the change in value creation from hardware-heavy to software-defined features and business models, towards so called software-defined vehicles.

This project tries to:

  • contribute to amplify the trend towards software-defined vehicles by providing a development environment for in-vehicle applications that offers a comfortable, fast and efficient development experience
  • pursue this goal in an open ecosystem with open source elements created by manifold players of the automotive industry and beyond in order to shape and boost open de-facto standards
  • provide a center of gravity of next generation automotive development environments with a lively community of developers, stakeholders and users
Why Here?

The Eclipse SDV community aims to bring together the domains of automotive software, cloud-native and IoT. Eclipse Velocitas will contribute to the trend of bringing cloud-native and IoT technologies and principles into the automotive software industry. In doing so, it will not only use and support current Eclipse projects (like e.g. Eclipse Kuksa), but also draw attention of automotive players currently not active in the Eclipse community. The development environment created will be one pillar for building customized, proprietary as well as open-sourced ecosystems around the software-defined vehicle.

Project Scheduling
  • Initial contribution expected by Q3 2022
  • Release cycles are planned every 3-6 months
  • Release planning will be conducted together with corresponding Eclipse projects
Future Work

After open sourcing we plan to introduce the following

  • Additional language support (e.g. C++, Rust, Go ...)
  • Extend logging and monitoring to non local devices and/or environments


Gabriela Kreyßing
Ebrahim Ameen
Markus Petke
Sebastian Doell
Mladen Milutinovic
Daniel Lueddecke
Christian Fraas
Interested Parties

ETAS GmbH, Microsoft, Robert Bosch GmbH

Initial Contribution

Python SDK and template repository containing:

  • Sample in-vehicle application implementation to allow easy ramp-up of developers into the software defined vehicle ecosystem development model
  • Integration of vehicle model into developer IDE to directly interface with APIs and data
  • Visual Studio Code dev container to simplify the developer workspace setup for in-vehicle application development
  • Out of the box Github workflow implementations and required Github actions to
    • Build a container
    • Test the in-vehicle application (component, integration and vulnerability)
    • Document and visualize the overall test results
    • Publish the build image
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