Automotive & Transportation

Software Platform Targets the Connected Car

18 January 2016

Wind River has introduced an automotive software platform for the command center of the connected car. Designated Wind River Helix Cockpit, the software was designed to meet the intersecting needs of the automotive and IoT landscapes. Wind River has also updated its software for ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications, Wind River Helix Drive.

Cockpit is a GENIVI-aligned, Linux Yocto Project–based software platform that helps customers rapidly develop rich in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), telematics, and automotive instrument cluster systems capable of advanced connectivity features in a secure environment. As a flexible, extensible, and pre-integrated platform that can support a variety of industry hardware and HMI tools, Cockpit provides the framework for a complex IVI system that allows customers to get to market faster.

Additionally, Cockpit customers will have access to Wind River Helix App Cloud, a cloud-based software development environment for building IoT applications across multiple development centers.

Additionally, Wind River has updated Drive, previously called Automotive Profile for VxWorks, to include the latest knowledge and technologies around certification systems for ADAS and autonomous driving use cases. Drive is an AUTOSAR-oriented software offering to help customers develop ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications. Based on VxWorks, the industry-leading real-time operating system (RTOS) for mission-critical software systems, Drive is designed to perform at the highest safety levels to address the growing needs for safe, secure, and certifiable software-driven driving applications.

Cockpit and Drive are the latest offerings under Wind River Helix Chassis. The Helix Chassis portfolio is designed to unite the internal network of the car with the external IoT, and ultimately, to bridge the technology siloes within a vehicle to deliver new business opportunities. Helix Chassis make it possible for data, services, and actions to flow from one environment to another, seamlessly and securely. As a result, it is possible to extract greater insights from the connected car, so that automakers can optimize the space, weight, and power of the vehicle and implement new capabilities, such as autonomous driving, that depend on interconnectivity among diverse software elements.

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