Virtualisation platform enables secure Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

25th January 2016
Posted By : Nat Bowers
Virtualisation platform enables secure Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

AllGo Systems' RACE Smartphone Connectivity technology has been integrated with Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY Multivisor virtualisation platform for managed access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services. Based on the trusted INTEGRITY RTOS, INTEGRITY Multivisor provides a flexible software architecture to consolidate safety- and security-critical automotive functions with consumer OSs like Linux, QNX, Android or Windows.

As a result, carmakers can seamlessly consolidate CarPlay and Android Audio services into the connected car while meeting demanding market-specific requirements for security, safety and real-time performance.

iPhone and Android phone connectivity in the car are becoming fundamental to the connected car infotainment experience, bringing tremendous user convenience to the vehicle cabin. However, consolidation of these functions without proper safety and security considerations create new security vulnerabilities in addition to increased safety risks.

To facilitate a safe, secure integration of CarPlay and Android Auto into the vehicle, Green Hills supports the execution and separation of AllGo’s RACE Smartphone Connectivity services running in a Linux GuestOS on its safe, secure INTEGRITY Multivisor. While additional INTERGITY Multivisor partitions simultaneously protect coexistent critical functions such as instrument cluster, vehicle diagnostics or ADAS, running as native INTEGRITY tasks.

INTEGRITY Multivisor is the only hypervisor based on software technology independently certified to the highest levels of both safety and security. Its embedded virtualisation architecture has been successfully deployed for over a decade in automobiles, aircraft avionics, enterprise workstations and weapon systems. It combines the trusted INTEGRITY microkernel with multicore system virtualisation for configurable software partitions, hard real-time and safety-critical processing and hosting of one or more guest operating systems.

K. Srinivasan, Director & CEO, AllGo Systems, commented: “Automotive head unit connectivity technologies such as CarPlay and Android Auto are becoming main stream in head units. AllGo’s RACE Smartphone Connectivity enables smartphones to present applications to the head unit HMI and expands the infotainment offering from carmakers. Having the option to add safety-critical functions to the same processor by means of INTEGRITY Multivisor is a big plus.”

“Carmakers are increasingly adding mobile device connectivity to their infotainment designs powered by our i.MX 6 series processors. AllGo’s smartphone connectivity running in the INTEGRITY Multivisor trusted execution environment brings users new levels of convenience and entertainment while securely separating these functions from safety-critical tasks," added Dan Loop, Global Product Marketing Manager, Automotive Applications Processors, NXP Semiconductors.

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