22 Dec 2017

Safe, secure and immersive software-defined automotive cockpit

Renesas Electronics, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Green Hills Software, a specialist in high-assurance real-time operating systems and virtualization, have announced their collaboration for the Renesas Connected Cockpit Vehicle developed with a Dodge Ram truck.

The Dodge Ram 1500 truck includes many new immersive technologies and integrates production-ready automotive-grade hardware, based on the Renesas R-Car H3 automotive computing system-on-chip (SoC), and Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY RTOS and INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualisation, and features safe and secure consolidation of ISO 26262-safety critical applications with Android infotainment and cockpit features. The R-Car H3 is part of Renesas’ open and innovative Platform for ADAS and automated driving that aims to deliver total end-to-end solutions scaling from cloud to sensing and vehicle control.

The Connected Cockpit Vehicle is a development platform designed to enable creation, integration, and testing of hardware and software components in a real vehicle under real-world constraints and conditions. Along with key partners such as Green Hills Software, Renesas will continue to integrate new software and hardware components into this platform, including the latest in virtualization and security systems.

“With the Renesas Connected Cockpit Vehicle, we are not only bringing virtualization and other next-generation features into a real-world setting, we are reducing the complexities and risks of connected cockpit design for the automotive ecosystem,” said Amrit Vivekanand, Vice President, Automotive Systems Business Division, at Renesas. “Our collaboration with Green Hills on this type of integrated development platform allows us to provide customers with truly unique value propositions as the automotive industry shifts from prototype to production ready.”

“Renesas and Green Hills have a long history together of helping customers build successful systems in many parts of the vehicle, and we are pleased with the collaboration around the Renesas Connected Cockpit Vehicle,” said Matthew Slager, Director of Business Development at Green Hills Software. “The vehicle is an excellent platform to demonstrate how INTEGRITY’s separation technology enables vehicle manufacturers to reduce the cost and complexity to build software-defined cockpits for a wide range of vehicle models.”

The connected cockpit vehicle integrates both traditional and cutting-edge cockpit systems into a single drivable vehicle system, including:

  • Software defined radio

  • Multimedia

  • Navigation

  • Driver facial recognition and preference application

  • Seamless multi-operating OS system (OS) display sharing integration

  • Vehicle functions such as HVAC

The INTEGRITY RTOS and its Multivisor virtualization extension are the trusted foundation of the software-defined cockpit, allowing ISO 26262-certified safety-critical application code to safely and securely coexist with general-purpose code or guest operating systems with freedom from interference on a single R-Car H3 SoC:

  • As a guest OS of INTEGRITY Multivisor, the Android-based center console display features touch-screen multimedia, climate control, navigation, and cloud-connected vehicle maintenance monitoring, and driver biometric profiles

  • Multi-function ISO 26262-certified safety-critical instrument cluster powered by 3D GPU-accelerated OpenGL graphics, combining both INTEGRITY and guest OS content

  • Safe and secure shared GPU and displays between Android apps and ISO 26262 safety-critical instrument cluster

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