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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

PikeOS forms basis for AI platform

By Nick Flaherty

Thales subsidiary Sysgo is working with a Swiss based automotive Tier-1 supplier on a next generation automotive platform based on artificial Intelligence (AI).

As part of the collaboration, Sysgo's PikeOS real time operating system will be integrated into the automotive multi-domain AI Brain platform for autonomous driving and the Internet of Vehicles being developed by OSR Enterprises.

The AI Brain platform has been developed to support the platform consolidation strategies of global OEMs in the automotive market and to deliver new secured data-driven business models. It combines the functionalities of multiple electronic control units (ECUs) in a single Multi-Domain in-vehicle infrastructure. 

Using PikeOS, OSR can consolidate applications in a safe and secure manner by strictly separating them from each other while still running them on a single hardware platform. PikeOS is based on a secure and certified separation kernel which creates individual partitions for different applications or domains, thus supporting consolidation strategies without sacrificing security or safety. It has been proven in the aviation industry for more than a decade and is already being used in serial production by some major automotive OEMs.

"The upcoming automotive change in vehicular networks will require much more speed and agility but at the same time as a key element of our design methodology we see a must in building our technology while elevating security, safety and compliance with new regulations which we predict will be required for the new era of mobility", said Orit Shifman, Group CEO and Founder of OSR. "Partnering with SYSGO and their high integrity OS as well as their conformity with the strict requirements of aerospace integrations, fits perfectly with our comprehensive, uncompromising security approach. This is the reason why we chose Sysgo as part of our multi-domain's management logic."

Maintaining a strict separation between individual applications on a consolidated hardware is a key prerequisite for a safe and secure implementation. Separation screens critical applications from less critical ones, avoids spreading of malfunctions or even attacks from one application to another and allows a "Security by Design" approach to automotive applications. PikeOS supports separation on single and multicore MCUs as well as on OSR's Multi-Domain architecture.

"The integration of PikeOS in OSR's platforms creates a unique added value for us," said Dr Ciwan Gouma, responsible for Business Development Automotive at Sysgo. The opportunity to contribute our vast knowledge in secured and safe OS while becoming a part of OSR's multi-domain architecture, positions us together as an automotive innovator. The combination of OSR's cutting-edge platform and our secured real time operating system PikeOS is a game changer in terms of agility and the capabilities to quickly meet growing needs of automotive OEMs for the next phase of system consolidation. What PikeOS is doing for cars is exactly what we did in avionics 15 years ago."

OSR's AI system can port multiple electronic control units, governing areas like communication and human-machine interface functions fused into a single system, while giving each domain its own AI functionality. The R&D team is comprised of some of the world's leading artificial intelligence and cybersecurity experts including former members of classified technological intelligence units. The company has research and development centres in Israel and Switzerland.

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