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 their vehicles. In order to make a featured packed 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.
Powered by Type-1 ASIL B certified Hypervisor and automotive features virtualization capabilities (Camera, audio, multimedia, Graphic, network), HARMAN’s Device Virtualization solution recommends the best way to collocate various environments on the same hardware. This reduces costs and testing/integration efforts, improves performance without compromising on safety and security of the vehicle and the passengers in it. 
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 across automotive applications while increasing efficiency, improving security, decreasing the BOM and reducing the weight.


  • Multi-Operating System

    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.

  • Type-1 Hypervisor

    HARMAN's Hypervisor is OS-agnostic, not tied to an OS. It had a very small footprint and highly designed for performance.

    It allocates resources based on OS needs and pre-defined priorities.

  • Advanced Security Mechanisms

    Advanced Security Mechanisms HARMAN's Device Virtualization proposes a wide range of security mechanisms at all levels, whether it is at boot time. Inter-domain communication, communication between a secure world and a non-secure one. The domains run together on the same board while being isolated from each other.

  • Peripheral Device Management

    HARMAN's Device Virtualization allows sharing hardware resources (Networks, graphics, multimedia, audio, camera) from isolated domains. It can also allow some exclusive access from a domain to specific hardware devices.

  • ASIL B Certified: Critical Safety

    With the help of all ASIL B certified Hypervisor, the critical Guest Operating Systems continue working in native mode, while collocated with non-safety critical ones.

Top-line Benefits

Harman Digital Cockpit powered by HARMAN Hypervisor

  • ASIL B Certified and ISO 26262 ASPICE certified
  • Running in hundreds of millions of devices globally
  • Reduced network and software complexity
  • Reduced maintenance and integration costs
  • Cost savings on shared hardware resources
  • Support ARMv8, including 32-bits, 64-bits
  • Guest OS agnostic Hypervisor supporting various Real time OSs, Linux, Android and AUTOSAR
  • Already ported of various hardware and easily portable to new ones


Convenient & Secure Cloud-based software updates

The Software Update Management capabilities of HARMAN helps Automotive OEMs and Suppliers to capitalize on the full business potential of connected cars by enhancing driver experience with rapid deployment of value-added in-vehicle services, minimizing costs through improved efficiency and a reduction in recalls.


HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA)

HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service enables Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and management of the entire vehicle, from head unit to the smallest ECUs, and even includes those units with low processing and memory resources. The solution leverages its unique Smart Delta technology which reduces the file update package up to 99 percent.


Device Management & Settings

HARMAN Device Management & Settings capabilities are involved in the remote management, monitoring, analysis and configuration of connected devices. The set of functions and capabilities enables the System Administrator to actively monitor all connected devices while building and maintaining an accurate and valuable real-time database of these devices, their software configuration and their status.



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