General Motors and Red Hat Software announced a new collaboration that aims to support the development of software-defined vehicles. Through it, Red Hat’s In-Vehicle OS will be integrated into Ultifi, GM’s forthcoming end-to-end vehicle software platform, to accelerate the development of its software-defined vehicle programs. Red Hat’s system will similarly be leveraged by GM to expand its ecosystem of in-vehicle applications, software, and services.
A further aim of the collaboration for both companies is focused around over-the-air updates. Together they will look to simplify these updates while increasing the frequency at which they are delivered. OTA updates today require high levels of cybersecurity protection and layers of certification that need be recertified with every future update. By implementing the continuous functional-safety certification capability of Red Hat’s system into Ultifi, GM will be able to expedite the rollout of new software features.
The combined platform is expected to support use cases across several automotive software domains – spanning infotainment, ADAS, body control, battery management and connectivity – while also supporting enhanced communications with smart infrastructure, smart homes, and other vehicles. Across these domains, GM and Red Hat has said the platform will equally benefit from common standards that help increase software reuse while achieving a more scalable design process. Through this process, GM will be able to redirect its resources to aid the development of more personalized in-cabin features and new vehicle modes that both work to enhance the in-vehicle user experience at large.
The integrated platform will also see further benefits for both companies in the form of reduced costs, improved development cycles, and quicker time-to-market while facilitating new services, business models, and revenue streams. For customers, this integration will ultimately streamline the core in-vehicle UX by resolving system errors and providing a greater variety of in-vehicle apps and features at a faster rate.
Ultifi itself will launch from 2023 in phased rollout assisted by Red Hat Software. Among its key features is its ability to decouple an app’s software from the hardware it utilizes, providing software developers with new APIs. Leveraging a standardized interface, the platform will allow these developers to efficiently reuse code and scale their applications for use across a variety of vehicle interfaces and types.
In selecting Linux as the foundation for Ultifi, GM will allow external, third-party, developers to benefit from it as well as its own circle of developers and suppliers. At the same time, select external developers, who meet security, safety, and privacy standards set by the OEM, will be given direct access to Ultifi to develop solutions for GM’s vehicle portfolio. Likewise, its flexible architecture will facilitate the potential for new cloud-based services, faster software development cycles, and new value for customers with no impact on the vehicle’s basic hardware controls.