Device Virtualization for Connected Vehicles

The automotive industry moved from having standalone systems for various functions such as Infotainment, Telematics, Instrument cluster, Diagnostics and more to more integrated systems handling multiple functions. Due to the demand for more vehicle features, OEMs have integrated multiple Electronic Control Units (ECUs). This has resulted in an explosion of ECUs in vehicles today.  To make a featured packed digital cockpit affordable to the customer, OEMs need to find ways that can potentially reduce costs and testing/integration efforts while maintaining the software integrity and security. In the computer server industry, similar problems were solved using virtualization techniques.    

Device Virtualization for Connected Vehicles

 “As an automaker, we are always striving to provide better value for the money our customer spends without impacting our bottom line. HARMAN Device Virtualization capabilities helps us to make our digital cockpit more affordable to our customers. By offering the best way to collocate various environments on the same hardware, HARMAN helps reduce costs and testing/integration efforts, improves performance without compromising on safety and security of the vehicle and the passengers in it.“


Connected Car Executive, 46 years old, San Jose, CA.

HARMAN's Device Virtualization enables the head unit to run both Operating Systems (OS) proposing large sets of features for infotainment and entertainment, performant and real-time operating systems for critical and safety purposes, such as digital cluster or autonomous driving, on a single board.

Device Virtualization for Connected vehicles
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Making Digital Cockpits Affordable and Efficient

Powered by Type-1 ASIL B Certified hypervisor, and automotive features virtualization capabilities (camera, audio, multimedia, graphic, network), HARMAN Device Virtualization solution recommends the best way to collocate various environments on the same hardware. This reduces costs and testing/integration efforts while improving performance and guaranteeing security and safety. 


HARMAN’s Device Virtualization capabilities enable multiple operating systems to run on a single hardware platform, securely and with full isolation. HARMAN supports diverse hardware and software platforms and enables RAM and persistent storage to be portioned and allocated per virtual machine-specific performance requirements. It fully virtualizes all hardware resources including CPU, memory, networking, interface and peripheral devices.

  • Type-I, bare-metal hypervisor.
  • ASIL B certified and ISO 26262 ASPICE Level 1 certified.
  • Guest OS-agnostic, i.e., can run any type of operating system (not tied to any proprietary RTOS).
  • Hosts several guest OSes on the same CPU (single or multi-core).
  • Small footprint, highly-efficient code designed for minimum overhead.
  • State-of-the-art freedom of interferences mechanisms.
  • Advanced safety and security mechanisms.
  • Feature virtualization services are proposed to provide a complete virtualized automotive architecture.
  • Running in hundreds of millions of devices globally.
  • Reduced network and software complexity.
  • Reduced maintenance and integration costs.
  • Cost savings on shared hardware resources.