GM and Red Hat team up for future of software-defined cars.

On May 10, General Motors and open source solutions provider Red Hat Inc announced a partnership to help advance software-defined vehicles at the edge. The companies hope to expand their innovation ecosystem around Red Hat’s In-Vehicle Operating System, which provides the functional safety-certified Linux operating system foundation for the continued evolution of GM’s Ultifi software platform.

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The collaboration between Red Hat and GM has important implications for the convergence of the transportation and technology industries.

Following the initial launch of Ultifi, Red Hat’s cloud-native, the enterprise-grade open-source operating system further accelerates the development of GM’s software-defined vehicle programs. By working together, the two companies are able to deliver more valuable functionality to customers in a responsible and reliable manner within the typical development time portion.

“General Motors’ partnership with Red Hat is a key element in advancing our Ultifi software development,” said Scott Miller, vice president of GM Software-Defined Vehicles and Operating Systems. “By combining Red Hat’s expertise in open source solutions and enterprise networking, we will accelerate Achieving our goal of providing the most developer-friendly software platform in the industry.”

Francis Chow, vice president, and general manager of in-vehicle operating systems and edge at Red Hat said: “With critical systems such as driver assistance and fuel economy requiring millions of lines of code, modern cars are more mobile high-performance computers than in the past. These new vehicles give the industry the opportunity to create a common open platform without sacrificing functional safety. Through this collaboration on our in-vehicle operating system, we plan to bring the age of open source to the automotive world for the benefit of automakers, ecosystems System partners, and consumers.”

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Reduce costs by consolidating and reusing software across common platforms.

By integrating Red Hat In-Vehicle OS into the common Ultifi platform, the two companies hope to: Reduce costs by integrating and reusing software across common platforms; Improve development cycles and accelerate time-to-market through new customer features and software improvements; Related to safety applications Ongoing functional safety certification of systems; creating new services, business models and revenue streams.

Ultifi, GM’s end-to-end vehicle software platform, will launch in 2023. Red Hat will contribute to the various phases of the platform’s rollout, enabling it to deliver software-defined functions, applications, and services to customers more frequently and seamlessly over the air. To this end, the platform separates application software from hardware and provides an application programming interface for software development.

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