Red Hat Achieves Major Milestone for In-Vehicle Linux w/ Functional Safety Certification from exida | exida

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Red Hat Achieves Major Milestone for In-Vehicle Linux w/ Functional Safety Certification from exida

  June 17, 2024

RALEIGH, N.C. - June 17, 2024 — Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the Linux math library ( glibc), a fundamental component of Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, has achieved ISO 26262 ASIL-B functional safety certification from exida, a global leader in functional safety and cybersecurity certification. Red Hat is fully committed to attaining continuous and comprehensive safety certification of Linux natively for automotive applications and has the industry's largest pool of Linux maintainers and contributors committed to this initiative. This milestone underscores Red Hat's pioneering role in obtaining continuous and comprehensive Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) certification for Linux in automotive.

In collaboration with exida, Red Hat has developed and validated a novel approach to meet the process objectives of many functional safety standards including ISO 26262, overcoming the challenges associated with complex, pre-existing open source software like Linux. This certification demonstrates that the engineering of the math library components individually and as a whole meet or exceed stringent functional safety standards, ensuring substantial reliability and performance for the automotive industry. The certification of the math library is a significant milestone that strengthens the confidence in Linux as a viable platform of choice for safety related automotive applications of the future.

Red Hat’s commitment to open source principles remains integral to the development of software-defined vehicles (SDVs). Open source projects have consistently set industry standards, driving compatibility and interoperability across diverse systems, components, suppliers and manufacturers. By working with the broader open source community, Red Hat can make use of the rigorous testing and analysis performed by Linux maintainers, collaborating across upstream communities to deliver open standards-based solutions. This approach enhances long-term maintainability and limits vendor lock-in, providing greater transparency and performance.

Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System is poised to offer a safety certified Linux-based operating system capable of concurrently supporting multiple safety and non-safety related applications in a single instance. These applications include advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), digital cockpit, infotainment, body control, telematics, artificial intelligence (AI) models and more. Red Hat is also working with key industry leaders to deliver pre-tested, pre-integrated software solutions, accelerating the route to market for SDV concepts. 

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