Software-Defined Success: Wind River and Hozon to Develop New Platform

By Alex Passett November 28, 2023

As we speak, market segments ranging from telecom to automotive, medical to industrial, and even aerospace to defense are in the midst of awesome transformations. (It makes sense, given the transformation-hungry, software-defined, AI-everywhere world we’re living in.) Industries left and right are driven by software innovation, courtesy of the future-forward innovators working hard in their respective fields.

In this regard, Wind River considers itself a technology pioneer.

So too, in a sense, does Hozon New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. – Hozon Auto or simply Hozon, for short.

Headquartered in Zhejiang, China, Hozon is an all-electric car brand developer, with an Autonomous Vehicle Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, to boot. Integrating hardware products and software services, the teams at Hozon remain committed to creating high-quality, cost-effective, intelligent electric vehicles (EVs) that provide users with simple, intuitive, and comfortable travel experiences.

It would seem that Wind River and Hozon look to accelerate technological transformations, particularly through software innovation. (That line almost sounds like a segue into some pertinent news.)

And so, it is:

Hozon announced its official selection of Wind River – Wind River Linux, specifically – for the development of its new Hozon Automotive Intelligent Security Vehicle Platform. This, simply described, is a hardware and software framework for high-performance computing gateways and vehicle control that is planned to go into production starting in 2025.

That’s why this language around software and software-defined endeavors is important here; Hozon’s new platform will integrate open source frameworks and tools, enabling the rapid development and deployment of software applications designed to meet and exceed next-gen operations.

In this vein, Wind River Linux offers Hozon the stability and security needed to enable more advanced vehicle capabilities such as advanced high-performance computing, internal and external networking between vehicles and infrastructure (V2X), and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

A duo for purpose-built, software-defined success, it would seem.

Avijit Sinha, Wind River’s Chief Product Officer, is in agreement.

“Software will continue to drive the automotive industry forward and create new possibilities for both carmakers and consumers,” Sinha said. “Wind River Linux can help innovators such as Hozon develop high-performance frameworks designed to accelerate the story of the software-defined vehicle.”

Dai Dali, Hozon’s Chief Technology Officer, is also on board.

“Hozon is pushing the boundaries of innovation in its vehicle development. It is important to work with both an Auto and a Linux expert who possesses the highest levels of professional services ability combined with long-term support and localization capabilities, including expertise in the areas of performance optimization, security, and safety. We believe that Wind River is an excellent partner.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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