Linux is so versatile that Qualcomm and Red Hat want to take it to cars – APK Games

that the Linux has been running on PCs, servers and mobile devices for years is nothing new. What few people know is that this kernel serves so many platforms that it finds space even in, shall we say, unusual projects. Here’s an example: the Qualcomm closed a partnership with red hat to bring Linux-based systems into the interior of cars.

Linux (image: Vitor Padua/APK Games)

This is not exactly a new initiative. As Linux does well with embedded systems, such solutions have already appeared in vehicles. However, both Qualcomm and Red Hat believe that much more can be done for this industry.

Qualcomm made the announcement of the partnership with some authority. The company revealed that it has already achieved revenue of US$ 30 billion in the automotive sector. In part, this success is due to the ecosystem of Snapdragon Digital Chassiswhich offers software solutions for vehicle manufacturers.

On the Red Hat side, the company has an open source solution called Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System. As the name suggests, it is a software package that shapes various vehicle systems.

Just to give you an idea, GM started using the Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System a few months ago to put onboard systems inside their cars. Among these systems are tools for connectivity, passenger entertainment, vehicle function control and driver assistance.

As Qualcomm Technologies and Red Hat have already been working together in this segment, it is not surprising that both have decided to strengthen this bond with a partnership focused on Linux.

Snapdragon Digital Chassis (image: reproduction/Qualcomm)
Snapdragon Digital Chassis (image: reproduction/Qualcomm)

What will Qualcomm and Red Hat do together?

Briefly, the idea is to integrate the Snapdragon Digital Chassis into the Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System. This will make Linux have more presence in cars, after all, the kernel is precisely the basis of Red Hat solutions.

The idea is not simply to develop the software, but also to follow the criteria of the automotive sector. For example, the solutions must receive ASIL-B certifications, which establish a very high level of functional safety (which is second only to the ASIL-A level).

When everything is working, the expectation is that automakers can not only rely on following safety standards, but also perform software updates on vehicles more efficiently, for example.

You just can’t wait for immediate results. The first versions of the new Linux-based systems should only be presented in the second half of 2023.

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