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Using Hypervisor for IVI and AUTOSAR Consolidation on an ECU


There are many complexities in developing cockpit domain units, including seeking to reduce costs while increasing functionality and user experience. Current approaches are both cost-prohibitive and lacking in performance. Utilizing virtualization in automotive software architecture provides a better approach when taking on these complexities. This can be achieved by encapsulating different heterogeneous automotive platforms inside virtual machines running on the same hardware. This approach provides a more efficient way to communicate and reduces the cost of adding a dedicated micro-controller to each platform. The development cost is reduced by reusing legacy platforms as encapsulated virtual machines without the need for new adaptation efforts. This paper describes the types of hypervisor available, their characteristics, and a practical example involving AUTOSAR.