The most widely deployed mobile virtualization solution
Hardware and software deployed in current and next-generation in-car systems is growing dramatically in complexity. Automotive suppliers and equipment manufacturers face the dual challenge of meeting user expectations for engrossing multimedia, high-speed connectivity and other advanced features while also satisfying industry requirements for safety and reliability.
OKL4 embedded virtualization enables automotive suppliers to meet requirements of both consumer and automotive applications by:
Automotive and other transportation manufacturers are today investing in hardware and software technologies to make vehicles “smarter” and more efficient to produce and maintain.
Vehicle intelligence focuses on controlling and monitoring mechanical and electrical subsystems and also on enhancing the experience of both drivers and passengers. Late model and next-generation vehicles offer buyers a range of smart dashboard-centric options for navigation, audio, video, voice, and data networking, as well as more intelligent control of ignition, transmission, braking, and other systems for improved fuel efficiency and safety. Also key are additional abilities to diagnose, present, and even report vehicle status and systems fault information to remote mechanics, insurance agents, and operators.
Easing design, manufacturing, and maintenance tasks centers on consolidation of the several dozen 8- and 16-bit microprocessors that govern today’s automobiles and comparable vehicles to a substantially smaller number of networked 32 and 64 CPUs. In the past, diverse functions like ignition control, electrical system, and engine temperature monitoring, anti-lock braking, and dashboard display systems each sported its own dedicated, but minimally connected CPU. Although such a distributed approach saves on wiring harness costs, it presents challenges to sourcing, integration, testing, monitoring, and maintenance, and can raise costs through replication. With the advent of automotive and other industrial networking interconnects, as well as a range of wireless technologies, it is becoming more cost-effective to centralize instrumentation and control in a few more powerful processors.
For all of the above applications, virtualization technology is proving central to successful prototyping, development, and deployment of a range of system types. In particular, transportation designs look to virtualization technology like General Dynamics Broadband OKL4 platform for: