Ather Energy hosts ByteBattles firmware development challenge | Autocar Professional


Ather Energy, a prominent electric two-wheeler manufacturer, recently concluded its ByteBattles Firmware Development Hackathon in collaboration with Infineon and Elektrobit. This coding competition aimed to challenge participants to program a set of vehicle features using Ather’s Application Software Development Kit (ASDK), which simplifies the development of innovative functionalities for electric vehicles.

The hackathon saw participation from sixty-five individuals representing institutions such as IIT Madras, SRM, MKSSS Cummins College, and industry leaders like Royal Enfield, Continental Automotive Components India Pvt Ltd, Chara Technologies, The Energy Company, and Nunam Technologies.

Swapnil Jain, Co-founder & CTO of Ather Energy, commented “The automotive industry is still in its early stages of vehicle software development with its own set of challenges, as well as opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Platforms such as ASDK are designed to accelerate software development and propel advancements in electric mobility. Just as Android abstracted software from hardware, ASDK democratizes firmware development for electric vehicles, significantly reducing development time while maintaining quality. With Byte Battles we wanted to eliminate obstacles to creativity and cultivate a community of developers committed to crafting outstanding user experiences.”

Moreover, the hackathon highlighted the user-friendly nature and adaptability of Ather’s Software Development Kit, showcasing its transformative potential in expediting firmware development for electric vehicles.

Sai Sridhar, Associate Director at Elektrobit, shared “Today’s digitally native EVs have disrupted the way software is imagined. They have created a compelling need for a structured, modular, and scalable ‘middleware software platform’ that has high performance, is nimble, affordable and easily applicable. This is considered mandatory to ensure that safe and secure softwares can be easily maintained and upgraded over the life of the vehicle.”

The ByteBattles hackathon not only provided participants with a platform to showcase their skills but also fostered collaboration and knowledge exchange within the automotive software development community.

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