Automotive OS

Elektrobit launches automotive safety OS, EB corbos linux

ERLANGEN, Germany, April 23, 2024 – Elektrobit announced EB corbos Linux for Safety Applications. It is an open-source operating system (OS) solution assessed to be compliant with automotive functional safety standards. This technology allows for greater flexibility and customization in vehicle software, which can lead to improved performance, safety, and connectivity.

The solution has received a positive technical assessment by TÜV Nord for the safety element out of context (SEooC). It is based on the two safety standards ISO 26262 ASIL B and IEC 61508 SIL 2. Until now, the automotive industry’s strict safety requirements have limited the impact of free open-source software, unlike other hi-tech sectors. Automotive manufacturers and suppliers can leverage EB corbos Linux for Safety Applications in high-performance computing (HPC) functional domains. Moreover, this includes applications for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AV). This versatile solution finds application in healthcare, machine engineering, and energy, besides being utilized in safety-relevant domains across industries.

EB Corbos Linux for Safety Applications provides up to 15 years of maintenance, ensuring lifelong security, setting an industry standard. Furthermore, the solution offers up to 50 percent faster time to market by leveraging open source, yielding significant cost savings. Open source further sets itself apart from proprietary software through its inherent transparency, flexibility, and security.

“This is a revolutionary step forward for automotive software; many in the industry have been striving towards this goal. We are proud to be the first to succeed in elevating software development and maintenance for safety-critical functions to a globally recognized standard,” said Mike Robertson, Chief Product Officer and Managing Director at Elektrobit. “The end user should see more and improved software-defined vehicles on the road sooner. Moreover, throughout their vehicle’s lifespan, they’ll receive over-the-air updates, akin to those accustomed to on their smartphones. Moreover, carmakers are able to deploy quickly and cost-effectively. The future of software-defined mobility is here!”

Arm, Canonical, and other tech leaders join Elektrobit to speed up the shift to software-defined mobility, celebrating the news.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a massive shift with advanced driver experiences. Moreover, electrification and autonomy are driving a need for more compute, software, and AI,” said Dipti Vachani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Line of Business at Arm. “Safety is non-negotiable in the mobility sector, and Arm and other industry players collaborating with Elektrobit to fill the gap for a safety-certified OSS solution marks a significant milestone in the development of software-defined vehicles.”

“We are excited to contribute to Elektrobit’s groundbreaking initiative to close the gap between safety-critical requirements and open-source software,” said Bertrand Boisseau, Automotive Sector Lead at Canonical. “The introduction of EB corbos Linux for Safety Applications, leveraging Ubuntu, represents a major step forward in software-defined vehicles. This innovative solution paves the way for the development of safer and more reliable vehicles, pushing the automotive industry forward.”

EB corbos Linux for Safety Applications is now available for project integration worldwide. You may also register for the online live reveal on April 26. Visit us at Auto China in Beijing from April 25 to May 4 to see a live demo at the Elektrobit booth #W1-W10.

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