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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 00:32

Linux for cars - Red Hat to deliver first continuously certified Linux platform for vehicles Featured

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Red Hat announced today its plans to deliver a predictable, functional, safe, certified, evolving Linux operating system for the automotive industry.

Red Hat made the announcement today at its annual Red Hat Summit conference, being held virtually this week. The company says applications will range from driver operations through to infotainment.

The operating system will be built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux in conjunction with exida, a leader in functional safety across multiple industries who will continuously certify the platform. It will be designed for continuous updates while retaining crucial functional safety certifications.

Red Hat says its new Linux platform for road vehicles will bring greater flexibility to the automotive software ecosystem, allowing vehicle manufacturers and partners to focus on innovative driving experiences with confidence in the behaviour of the underlying foundation.

The enterprise Linux vendor says vehicles are increasingly becoming mobile data centres, with advanced driver assistance systems, automation, and infotainment, among other computer-driven capabilities. Consequently, the operating system plays a fundamental role in the resulting software stack.

Current automotive software is based on proprietary and limited components, which are even intentionally slow, all to maximise risk reduction and enable safety. Red Hat says it will add open innovation to automative software while still retaining the commitment to safety.

exida will assist Red Hat in meeting the ISO 26262 certification, an international standard governing the functional safety of electronic systems on road vehicles. It is the adaption of the IEC 61508 series of standards to address the specific needs of road vehicles. It applies to all activities during the safety lifecycle of safety-related systems covering electrical, electronic, and software components.

Stefanie Chiras, senior vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit, Red Hat, said “Modern automobiles reimagine the customer driving experience, from the in-vehicle systems for safety and entertainment to the operation of the vehicle itself. This evolution doesn’t change the ever-present demand for greater reliability and functional safety, which extends to the software backbone of next-generation cars, all connected by edge computing and the open hybrid cloud. Red Hat is no stranger to delivering the foundation for critical enterprise workloads and, by working with exida, we now intend to bring our expertise and the capabilities of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to the automotive industry with the first Linux-based, continuously certified road vehicle operating system.”

Jonathan Moore, director, Advanced Systems, exida, said "exida is delighted to collaborate with Red Hat. With Red Hat’s Linux expertise, services and market position, and the exida leading position in assessment, safety analyses and certification, Red Hat and exida are committed to giving automation and automotive companies with functional safety applications access to innovative and high-quality open-source software. The Red Hat support and the exida open certification scheme based on a continuously enhanced safety case provides the leadership needed in the use of open-source software at scale and a firm foundation for integrators to better understand safety features and safety assumptions when developing the next generation of automotive safety applications that take advantage of open-source software ecosystems.”

Image credit"Mother's Retro Future Car" by Quasimondo is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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