Coqos, developed by software provider OpenSynergy, enables developers to run safety-critical and non-safety-critical functions on the same infotainment hardware. The purpose of the collaboration between Visteon Electronics and OpenSynergy is creating joint in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions that connect to other vehicle domains. In a first joint project, the companies integrated Coqos into Visteon's current OpenAir platform 1.2. Thus, OpenAir gets a virtualising layer that creates a virtual environment where multiple operating systems can run in separate partitions on a single hardware platform.
The virtual environment created through the collaboration allows carmakers to run Linux and Android based infotainment functions in parallel with Autosar-compliant software and make sure that these applications are completely separated even if one of these applications crashes. This strict separation between the worlds of Autosar which frequently contains safety-critical functions and IVI is necessary to make sure a malfunction or misbehaviour of one domain does not affect the other one.
The environment also features a fast-boot capability to ensure immediate availability of driver-oriented information systems.
Coqos is based on the microkernel of PikeOS from software manufacturer Sysgo. PikeOS provides a virtual runtime environment certified to high safety standards.