Visteon and OpenSynergy Form Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Integration of Connected Services in Automotive Infotainment

Collaboration introduces virtualization technology in Visteon's OpenAir™ infotainment platform

Feb 21, 2014, 16:00 ET from Visteon Corporation

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC), a leading automotive electronics supplier, and OpenSynergy, a specialist in embedded automotive systems, today announced a strategic alliance to advance the integration of consumer electronics in automotive infotainment applications.

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Visteon Electronics and OpenSynergy are joining forces to deliver standards-based infotainment solutions that bridge the gap between open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) applications and the "closed" automotive domain. The partners' first collaboration incorporates OpenSynergy's COQOS operating system in Visteon's OpenAir™ I1.2 infotainment platform, introducing virtualization technology in Visteon's latest range of infotainment products. Virtualization technology creates a virtual environment in which even complex operating systems can run within partitions on the same processor. The OpenAir I1.2 was first demonstrated at the 2014 International CES.

"By adopting OpenSynergy's recognized virtualization product, Visteon is offering vehicle manufacturers a safe and competitive solution to integrate the increasing array of in-vehicle infotainment features expected by today's consumer," said Christian Feltgen, global product development director, Visteon Electronics. "Strategic collaborations and alliances are becoming essential in reducing time-to-market, and through early involvement in growth-stage technology, we are accelerating our ability to innovate in key strategic areas."

Visteon and OpenSynergy's solution enables vehicle manufacturers to integrate Linux or Android-based infotainment functions alongside AUTOSAR-compliant software by running applications independently in separate software partitions, thus eliminating risks for mutual interference. Fast boot technology ensures quick availability of critical driver information while special software drivers make it possible to share hardware resources (such as audio and video) between partitions.

OpenSynergy General Manager Rolf Morich added: "We are pleased to have Visteon as a strategic partner to grow virtualization technology in infotainment applications with global vehicle manufacturers. Visteon and OpenSynergy share a common vision of seamlessly integrating consumer electronics features into the automotive environment."

OpenSynergy is a private technology software company, based in Berlin, Germany, specializing in software for embedded automotive systems. OpenSynergy provides COQOS, a standards-based software platform integrating Linux and Android-based systems as well as AUTOSAR-compliant software. COQOS has been developed to address safety applications.

Visteon Electronics, a division of Visteon Corporation, is a leading supplier of automotive cockpit electronics that delivers innovative in-vehicle user experiences through solutions in user interfaces, connectivity and open architectures.  Supported by a global network of 16 manufacturing facilities, four technical centers and 11 customer centers, Visteon Electronics employs approximately 5,900 people in its consolidated operations.

About Visteon

Visteon is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative components and systems for virtually every vehicle manufacturer worldwide through businesses including Visteon Electronics, Visteon Interiors and Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. Visteon's family of businesses generated $13.8 billion in sales in 2012, including non-consolidated operations. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; Visteon has facilities in 29 countries and employs about 22,000 employees in its consolidated operations. Learn more at

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