Elektrobit and Canonical partner for software-defined vehicle applications

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Elektrobit and Canonical have announced a new partnership that will leverage the latter’s Ubuntu operating system within automotive software.

As the number of software-defined vehicles on roads increases, Elektrobit and Canonical aim to make it simpler for OEMs, suppliers and developers to create future vehicle applications that adhere to strict automotive standards.

By combining Canonical’s open-source Linux operating system and Elektrobit’s knowledge of automotive-grade embedded software, the pair seek to enable long-term maintenance, over-the-air updates and functional vehicle safety innovations that are supported by Ubuntu’s developer community.

“Canonical is proud to collaborate with Elektrobit in building the next generation of automotive software,” said Regis Paquette, vice president of global alliances and channels at Canonical. “Combining Elektrobit’s world-class automotive offering with Ubuntu’s popularity and reliability will pave the way to a new era of software-defined vehicles.

“Ubuntu’s availability across ECUs, developers’ desktops and the cloud reduces OS fragmentation and maintenance efforts while facilitating digital twin deployments. Together with the open-source community, Elektrobit and Canonical will provide the automotive industry with greater stability, enabling greater efficiency and focus on their key differentiators.”

“Elektrobit’s partnership with Canonical will enable us to offer an OS solution with a unique value proposition to the automotive industry,” said Michael Robertson, vice president and head of products and strategy at Elektrobit. “This open-source solution will complement the product portfolio of Elektrobit and offer the key elements of an automotive OS solution from a single source.”

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