Wind River's next generation software framework for connected and driverless cars

Wind River ​has announced enhancements to the Chassis portfolio of safe and secure automotive software.

The latest updates to the Chassis portfolio include the integration with Wind River Titanium Cloud virtualisation software that is designed to deliver reliability and ultra-low latency to support the requirements of the world’s most demanding computing and communications networks.

Autonomous driving, like other emerging computing applications, will usher in the need to process high volumes of data at faster speeds while avoiding the risk of downtime. Autonomous cars must constantly sense and communicate with the world around them and make complex calculations in an instant, and as a result a vehicle’s computing needs will become highly intensive.

“The industry is moving beyond early pilot programs to actual commercial deployments. That means technology must extend past ‘what can be done’ to arrive at ‘what should be done’ to reach scale. Technology should do more than match functional requirements; it needs to support the business of automotive,” said Marques McCammon, vice president of Automotive at Wind River. “By marrying our Chassis software framework with Titanium Cloud, we’re contemplating compute—from the car to the cloud—as one system.”

Traditional approaches to tackle increasing complexity, such as adding more computing hardware or simply ruggedising fragile supercomputers inside cars, could drive up the cost of vehicle production to unreasonable levels. Several challenges can be addressed if cars offload some of the computing strain from the car and move it to the cloud. Designing cars to successfully leverage edge cloud computing can change the cost structure of next-generation vehicles and deliver the low-latency and reliable communications required for autonomous driving.

McCammon continues, “In order for autonomous driving to reach mass production, it will require ultra-low latency and dynamic compute architectures for the cloud as well as in the car. Edge cloud computing will demand flexible infrastructures and the deployment of dynamic applications, along with intensive compute wherever and whenever needed. The combination of our automotive and carrier grade virtualisation technologies can provide a flexible and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be deployed anywhere in the network.”

Chassis portfolio includes the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), tuned for both determinism and responsiveness, with a proven track record in safety- and security-certified environments. Certified to ISO 26262 ASIL-D by TÜV SÜD, VxWorks is used in over 550 safety certification programs by more than 350 customers across multiple industries.

Wind River offers Wind River Linux and other commercial-grade open source technologies, technical support, and maintenance to help customers stay up to date on the latest innovations. Wind River can create computing environments that accommodate multiple Linux-based workloads that work with the hard real-time, deterministic VxWorks RTOS.

Customers interested in the development of safety-critical applications can explore Wind River Drive, an Adaptive AUTOSAR-oriented software services stack to support abstraction of key software applications and algorithms from hardware architectural dependencies. Wind River Workbench and Wind River Diab Compiler are tools for building embedded software devices, systems, or networks. Wind River Edge Sync provides a software framework for remote over-the-air (OTA) updates and software lifecycle management, allowing rapid, safe, and secure updates to software and firmware throughout the vehicle lifecycle.

Titanium Cloud provides a virtualised software infrastructure for the rigorous demands of critical edge infrastructure applications. It includes a fully integrated, reliable, and deployment-ready virtualisation platform that enables companies to deploy virtualised services faster, at lower cost, and with high uptime. Titanium Cloud provides an application-ready software platform that runs virtualised applications and services with carrier grade reliability and is built to support the intensive performance, reliability, and security requirements of rigorous computing and 5G networks.