Software enables ADAS & autonomous driving applications

22nd April 2015
Posted By : Jordan Mulcare

Wind River has introduced Automotive Profile for VxWorks. AUTOSAR-compliant software helps customers develop ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications such as ADAS to piloted and autonomous driving.

In the age of the IoT, automotive software and systems are becoming more complex and connectivity is expected to be ubiquitous. As software-driven applications become more prevalent in vehicles, keeping automotive systems secure and tamper-proof is important for vehicle and occupant safety.

For example, through partitioning, companies can consolidate multiple vehicle controls with different levels of safety criticality onto a single hardware platform while maintaining their time- and space-based separation and isolation. This introduces the potential for reductions in cost and weight in vehicles, and may help mitigate risk of attack or interference to other software components all without compromising vehicle safety or functional performance.

Automotive Profile for VxWorks enriches the latest version of VxWorks RTOS to help address the growing needs for safe, secure and certifiable software-driven ADAS and autonomous driving applications.

The key features include: safety partitioning capabilities that can help customers build products that are ISO 26262-certifiable up to ASIL D consolidation of multiple applications with different levels of safety criticality onto a single hardware platform and security capabilities for the connected car. 

Other key features include streamlined AUTOSAR integration to support standardised connectivity and functional interfaces, enabling simpler and faster interoperability and integration, as well as support for consolidation of a large number of software-driven functions on a smaller number of more powerful ECUs, helping to lower costs, space, weight and power consumption.

“The future of the automotive experience can only come to life by relying on advanced software platforms. Vehicle functions are converging within the car to form a seamless interconnected experience that ties the driver to the world around them. In this complex scenario, the role of software systems is more important than ever,” said Michael Krutz, Senior Vice President, Automotive Solutions, Wind River.

“Enabling this kind of transformational change has been a cornerstone of Wind River’s decades of embedded software leadership. Drawing from our rich technology heritage and expertise in industries such as aerospace and defence, our new automotive offering is merely the tip of the iceberg to how we will continue to enable this transformation in the automotive industry.”


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