The move will facilitate the development of IVI application software (In-Vehicle Infotainment) for next-generation networked vehicles. The R-Car Starter Kit supports the unified codebase (UCB) 3.0 released by the AGL consortium in January 2017. The R-Car Starter Kit supports the current 64-bit software development environment, which, unlike the previous 32-bit environment, enables seamless use of current IT solutions, such as container technology for automotive applications. Containers are a particular type of virtualization technology. They are embedded in systems where they are combined with the execution environment required for the application. This technique has attracted great attention in the IT industry in recent years, as it can significantly reduce the software management costs.
In addition, as of July 2017, two expansion boards will be available from a Renesas partner company, which can be used with the R-Car Starter Kit for IVI development. The standard model of the expansion board supports multiple displays and a wide range of network interfaces. The advanced model offers interfaces that can be extended to up to eight camera input channels, as well as a high-speed, high-capacity memory.
The software development platform is an industry standard that enables software developers in combination with the R-Car boards to develop and maintain their IVI software. Thanks to this platform, free Renesas libraries and the R-Car Ecosystem, which consists of more than 190 companies, software developers can quickly create IVI application software while reducing costs.
Renesas is the gold sponsor of this year’s Automotive Linux Summit (ALS), which will take place from 31 May to 2 June 2017 at the Tokyo Conference Center. “Renesas is a committed and active supporter of the open source concept. The company has recognized that Automotive Grade Linux can accelerate development and innovation across the industry”, said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “With the Renesas R-Car Starter Kits as one of our standard reference platforms, developers can quickly and easily create applications using the AGL Unified CodeBase.”
Other reference platforms AGL is building its software projects on include the x86 architecture, Intel Atom, Jacinto 6 and Raspberry Pi with Broadcomm 2836.