Development platform blends HMI and security needs

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HMI specialist SYSGO and secure connectivity system developer Candera have teamed up to develop what they say is a comprehensive automotive platform that fulfills the demands of a modern car IT architecture.

The platform is based on Candera’s human machine interface (HMI) design tool, CGI Studio, and SYSGO’s Secure Automotive Connectivity Platform (SACoP). The companies say it is designed to provide a development solution for safety-critical applications such as digital cockpits as well as convenience functionality such as vehicle infotainment systems. They note that the internal car infrastructure is protected by means of the secure and extendible gateway, which involves the surveillance of connectivity channels as for instance LTE, Ethernet, wi-fi and CAN.

The reference implementation shown in the video above is built upon two boards, one with an R-CAR H3 board from Renesas and another one with an STMicroelectronics Telemaco3P processor.
The digital cockpit and an in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI) run on the Renesas board. These applications were created with CGI Studio. Both displays (cluster and IVI) communicate with each other via Candera’s messaging and data binding tool, Courier Interaction Framework, which facilitates interaction between the HMI application and external data sources.

The Telemaco 3P processor is the link to the outside world and is the hardware basis for the secure gateway functionality of SACoP. It is also used to supply passengers’ tablets and smartphones with internet access. The software is based on SYSGO’s Automotive Connectivity Platform, and takes advantage of the real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS. This enables critical and non-critical tasks to be operated simultaneously on one system and protects data transfers through strict encapsulation and separation of all communication channels. The partitioning mechanism is complemented by a secure boot process, an integrated intrusion detection system and a firewall, thus satisfying demanding cybersecurity needs.

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