Vector introduces embedded software enabling dependable automated driving

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Vector, a manufacturer of software tools and embedded components, is now offering embedded software for ECUs that meets the highest safety requirements according to ISO 26262.

Going beyond usual market standards, according to Vector, the software has been developed to ensure reliable operation and is particularly suitable for autonomous driving and x-by-wire systems. The software is available for Vector’s MICROSAR Classic embedded software product.

This high-availability embedded software enables the development of safety-related systems that are not just able to detect faults but are also able to ensure a defined service to be executed reliably.

“Our basic software meets the most demanding requirements of fully self-driving vehicles, x-by-wire applications, and other mission-critical applications outside the automotive industry. We are offering our customers an already available solution for the reliable operation of increasingly complex systems, particularly in the Software-Defined Vehicle," said Dr. Matthias Traub, Director Embedded Software and Systems at Vector.

In contrast to existing solutions that can only detect faults, MICROSAR High Availability together with software development processes and a unique safety architecture, are the basis for application software that is reliable in performing its defined tasks.

When compared to the former solution, the MICROSAR High Availability ensures a deterministic Worst Case Execution Time (WCET) which is essential for demanding autonomous driving applications.

MICROSAR High Availability is a key component of Vector's comprehensive SDV portfolio. Besides the safety-certified embedded software products, system designers can also get coaching and consulting expertise to make their safety architecture a reality.

Combined with Vector's basic software portfolio, MICROSAR High Availability is intended to provide a complete solution for all types of requirements - from sensor/actuator ECUs to runtime software for high-performance computers (HPCs) that form the brains of autonomous vehicles.