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Hyundai Autron has selected Wind River of Alameda, California, to collaborate on safety-critical IoT software for autonomous vehicles. Intellectual property from both companies will be used to create a platform to integrate features such as advanced sensing, ethernet-based communication, and artificial intelligence applications.

Wind River describes the new platform as leveraging advanced system partitioning via hypervisor technology: this means that the same hardware architecture can support both safety-critical functions such as vehicle controls, actuation and sensing, and functions such as infotainment and telemetry, in a flexible and cost-effective solution. The platform will run on top of the firm’s proven VxWorks real-time operating system.

Marques McCammon, Wind River's VP of Automotive, said in a statement: “The demands of the autonomous car are driving up the complexity and cost of vehicle systems. Simultaneously, the issue of safety must always be kept the top priority. Together with Hyundai Autron, we’re providing the market with a safe and reliable software foundation which will help car makers accelerate their innovation and enjoy design flexibility.”

Chang Jae Ho, senior VP, Automotive Fusion Control Group, Hyundai Autron, added: “The rise of autonomous driving is creating a variety of new safety considerations for car makers. By aligning our research and development capabilities with Wind River’s experience in deploying safety domain software, we are able to deliver highly advanced, reliable and secure automobile control solutions to help our customers quickly and flexibly respond to changing market trends.”

Hyundai Autron specializes in electronic automotive control solutions, including semiconductors, control units and software for electric and electronic control. It is the developer of the standard software platform for Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

-Farah Alkhalisi