Nvidia has become the first company to have its operating system (OS) certified for functional safety by TUV SUD. The German engineering firm’s team of experts reviewed the company’s software against various national and international standards to ensure that the system is compliant.
TUV SUD is one of the most trusted names in the world when it comes to testing automotive technologies and safety. With its headquarters in Munich, Germany, the company specializes in testing compliance with standards governing durability, functional safety, and other areas. It also offers a number of certifications. This includes ASIL-D, the highest possible level of functional safety for vehicles.
When developing autonomous driving technology, companies need a compute platform that can handle vast amounts of data and make split-second decisions based on information. In order to achieve this, software must be developed in a process that handles potential systematic faults and avoids failures as much as possible.
Nvidia’s DRIVE OS is a fully-embedded real-time operating system that enables in-vehicle accelerated computing. The Nvidia DRIVE architecture integrates safety technology from key partners such as BlackBerry and TTTech to provide a comprehensive, high-performance system for safe self-driving vehicles.
With its latest release, DRIVE OS 5.2, the company is able to meet ISO 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) B certification. It provides a secure execution environment, a firewall, and over-the-air updates, and is designed for artificial intelligence. Using this software will reduce the development costs involved with autonomous vehicle technology.
NVIDIA’s DRIVE Xavier processor, a single-chip system-on-a-chip designed to perform automated driving tasks, combines diverse processors to enhance the performance and functionality of a vehicle. These include lockstep processing, an image processing ISP, and an ASIL-D-rated safety microcontroller. Additionally, it offers computer vision PVAs for input processing.
Nvidia has launched a new test suite that uses simulation to validate automated driving systems. This initial test suite runs on Drive Constellation, a simulation platform developed by Nvidia and AVL, an automotive testing company. As a result, the company’s customers and other manufacturers can easily develop and test their own self-driving technology.
Nvidia has also announced that it will be participating in a newly launched SAE International effort to develop standardized test procedures for automated vehicles. The company is also working with TUV SUD to produce a simulation test suite for its software, which can be used to evaluate the safety of its self-driving technology.
TUV SUD has deemed that the new version of DRIVE OS is compliant with the ISO 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level ASIL-B standard. This certification is an important step toward creating safer autonomous cars. Having the software certified is an assurance to drivers that the underlying systems of an autonomous vehicle are properly equipped to operate safely in all conditions.
TUV SUD has a strong track record in evaluating compliance with safety standards, and the company has performed a comprehensive assessment of DRIVE OS. It has determined that DRIVE OS 5.2 meets ISO 26262’s random hardware integrity of ASIL C.