Red Hat (Summit) News: Qualcomm, Renesas & Deloitte

At Red Hat Summit, Red Hat Inc. announced tech integration with Qualcomm, building of a compute platform with Renesas and expanded integration with Deloitte.

Red Hat Pre-Integrated into Qualcomm Tech

Red Hat, Inc., announced a technology collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to demonstrate and deliver a pre-integrated platform that will run on Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System for virtual testing and deployment in software-defined vehicles (SDVs). With this work, the companies will showcase how the automotive industry can accelerate SDVs with complete end-to-end development and deployment of microservices-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. Powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride™ Flex System-on-Chip (SoC) and Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, this platform aims to offer automakers the ability to develop features in the cloud and push those container-native workloads and applications to a test facility or vehicle.

Open source is a forceful catalyst in transforming the automotive industry and automakers are increasingly turning to SDVs and cloud technologies to revolutionize their approach to testing and innovation. With cloud-native workloads, automakers can harness the power of scalable, on-demand computing resources to conduct comprehensive testing of artificial intelligence (AI) models and software updates. By pushing vehicle updates over-the-air (OTA), automakers can better keep vehicles on pace with technology innovation, delivering new features, improved functionality and enhanced safety to customers in a more seamless manner. This approach not only streamlines the development process but also enables automakers to adapt more quickly to evolving consumer demands, driving continuous improvement and innovation in the automotive industry.

This work between Red Hat and Qualcomm Technologies serves as another critical step in moving closer to the successful realization of SDVs. With this work, automakers will be able to better prototype software fixes, new features and revenue-generating services in the cloud before deployment to the car. They will then have the ability to deploy software updates to a factory test lab or directly to the vehicle in-service, benefitting from drastically improving system testing, improved costs and faster time-to-market.

For example, automakers will be able to use Qualcomm Technologies’ AI technologies and the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC to accelerate the development and deployment of software fixes, new features and revenue-generating services for SDVs. With in-cloud emulation configurations, automakers can prototype and validate AI object detection models. These models can then be tested and refined in the cloud environment, confirming their accuracy and effectiveness before deployment to the vehicle. All of this is achievable via the open standards-based platform of Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, enabling customers to receive automotive updates in the same way they upgrade applications or software on mobile devices.

Red Hat has been working across the automotive industry with companies like Deloitte, ETAS, General Motors and more to help deliver open source solutions for SDVs. To learn more about this latest work with Qualcomm Technologies, please visit our edge booth in Red Hat Central at Red Hat Summit to see a demo of this in action.

Red Hat & Renesas for SDV Open Compute Platform

Red Hat announced a joint effort with Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, to build an open and flexible compute platform to help shape the future of software-defined vehicles (SDVs). Through this collaboration, Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System will be integrated with Renesas R-Car Software Development Kit (SKD) that is tightly coupled with the upstream Linux kernel, delivering significant flexibility and faster deployment of new features.

Embracing open source principles and contributing upstream to the community helps bolster industry-wide collaboration and fosters a culture of transparency and accessibility, a necessity for driving future advancements in automotive technology. Renesas’ R-Car open source software strategy for automotive System-on-Chips (SoCs) is proof of the company’s dedication to an open platform approach. Now, by enabling Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System in current and future generations of R-Car solutions, Renesas is able to empower customers with end-to-end open car compute solutions for SDVs and more including:

  • Greater adaptability without compromising on functional safety and security requirements;
  • Accelerated development cycles for new feature deployment and hardware upgrades to better keep pace with rapid technological advancements;
  • A software-first approach and a unified, cloud-native environment including a virtual simulator to give customers the ability to develop software and hardware in parallel through digital twins;
  • An optimized developer environment to fuel more rapid innovation;
  • Reduced lifecycle risk and costs with long-term maintainability and a robust security footprint powered by open source standards and enterprise support.

By utilizing upstream Linux drivers, supported by Red Hat’s renowned enterprise support, carmakers are presented with a robust and scalable foundation with a stronger software security posture for their SDVs. This approach helps safeguard software investments while paving the way for ongoing innovation.

Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System limits complexity

Red Hat has been working across the automotive industry with organizations including ETAS, General Motors, Deloitte and more to help accelerate open source technology adoption with a focus on standardization and reusability. Many traditional systems and methodologies have come with high development costs, slow time-to-market and difficulty in addressing dynamic customer demands while still meeting critical safety standards. To help address these challenges, Red Hat is working to deliver Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System as a functionally-safe, automotive-specific Linux operating system foundation.

Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System is revolutionizing how manufacturers manage vehicle safety requirements alongside software innovation. Previously, safety-critical and non-safety-critical workloads needed separate virtual machines and operating systems that also required a hypervisor. Now, these workloads can be efficiently containerized with Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System with minimal complexity and resource usage. Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System is well suited for many vehicle domain functions including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment (IVI), digital cockpit, body control, telemetry and others, and also supports virtualization to help provide a unified solution for diverse automotive workloads


Customers will be able to gain early access to refined versions of this new flexible compute platform, including a Renesas reference platform for rapid prototyping, in the second half of 2024.

Red Hat & Deloitte Expand Ecosystems

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and Deloitte, expanded collaboration to help manage the complexity of multi-vendor software ecosystems across industries, including a comprehensive solution to support the development, systems engineering, testing and operations of software-defined vehicle (SDV) product lines. With this collaboration, Deloitte and Red Hat will help organizations accelerate the transition from traditional hardware development methodologies to software-defined development cycles.

Empowering the automotive industry with greater choice and flexibility

The growth of SDVs means that today, each vehicle is its own edge datacenter benefitting from new capabilities for vehicle functionality and connectivity. Automakers are currently having to manage the onset of both software-as-a-service models and traditional operating models, potentially increasing quality issues. To help combat these issues, Red Hat and Deloitte have designed a pre-integrated, multi-vendor solution for SDVs based on Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, which will help the auto industry move towards more scalable software designs. Beyond Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, the pre-integrated solution also encompasses:

  • Red Hat OpenShift, serving as the application platform offering a DevOps environment with a stronger security posture. In this vehicle off-board environment, applications can be developed and deployed as containers via over-the-air (OTA) updates to the car. This enables software teams to track, manage and resolve problems in real-time, while also improving code quality.
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Quay for greater mission-critical automation and container image security capabilities in SDV development workflows, enhancing and modernizing CI/CD pipelines for greater efficiency. Ansible Automation Platform delivers consistency and agility by minimizing manual processes and accelerating the overall development and deployment cycles while reducing error.

Deloitte’s portfolio of SDV capabilities helps organizations accelerate the transition from traditional hardware development methodologies to software-defined development cycles. The portfolio includes services and capabilities for:

  • Systems engineering, DevSecOps, validation and verification, virtualization and modern engineering. Deloitte’s capabilities are supported by generative AI (GenAI) for product owners, quality assurance and development teams, including use cases for spec-to-code generation, test case coverage and intelligent vehicle diagnostics.
  • Strategic, tactical and operational services to support automakers and automotive suppliers in creating high-quality automotive software-defined products by adhering to regulatory standards and innovating on use cases such as unified issue management, version and variant traceability, intelligent vehicle debugging and line of code impact analysis.
  • Automakers and automotive suppliers to scale software delivery across parameters with processes and OTA platform models that promote continuous improvement of vehicle features and function management after the start of production, while also ensuring proactive quality assurance.

Red Hat’s open source technologies and platform expertise, combined with Deloitte’s deep industry experience and technology and engineering capabilities, will help customers and partners gain more dedicated support and closer alignment to better power the next wave of automotive innovation. The Red Hat and Deloitte solution can bring several potential benefits to automotive manufacturers, including:

  • A streamlined, software-defined vehicle lifecycle, enhancing defect management, bug fixes and updates.
  • A pre-integrated, multi-vendor solution that manages software complexity and quality risks for automakers and suppliers.
  • The possibility of additional time and money – not only for automakers but also for the end user as they’re able to better avoid unnecessary trips to the dealer for software updates.
  • Faster time-to-market with scalability and a future-ready infrastructure.
  • Improved risk management and regulatory compliance as the automotive industry moves towards a software-centric approach.
  • Accelerated development cycles that compress test phases and intensify the pressure for reliable integration.