At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Harman showcases a scalable platform for in-vehicle infotainment in the connected car. The platform transplants concepts known from commercial and consumer computing -- such as hypervisors and virtual systems -- to automotive environments. Plus, it takes care about cyber security and eases system integration in vehicles.
The platform demoed at the CES enables the development of apps, which can be downloaded to the automotive infotainment system by users, much like it is the case today in smartphone and tablet environments. Running under Linux and supporting type 1 hypervisors (the type of hypervisor that runs under the operating system and connects the latter to the hardware), the platform uses multiple computing domains, isolated from each other to ensure system security.
Though virtualization has yet to see the broad breakthrough in automotive electronics, the degree of separation enabled through virtualization offers automotive-grade security and stability since program errors can have no consequences for other virtual machines running on the same platform. Likewise, it protects safety-critical applications from unauthorised penetration attempts. Thus, the platform can run safety-critical applications -- and access such applications running elsewhere in the vehicle -- without the risk of being compromised by hackers.
This article was originally published on EE Times Europe.