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The Linux Foundation yesterday launched the Enabling Linux in Safety Applications (ELISA) open source project to help companies build and certify Linux-based safety-critical applications for systems such as robotic devices, medical devices, smart factories, transportation systems and autonomous driving.

Founding members of ELISA include Arm, BMW Car IT GmbH, KUKA, Linutronix and Toyota.

“All major industries, including energy, medical and automotive, want to use Linux for safety-critical applications because it can enable them to bring products to market faster and reduce the risk of critical design errors,” Linux Foundation senior director of strategic programs Kate Stewart said in a statement. “The challenge has been the lack of the clear documentation and tools needed to demonstrate that a Linux-based system meets the necessary safety requirements for certification.”

“Past attempts at solving this have lacked the critical mass needed to establish a widely discussed and accepted methodology, but with the formation of ELISA, we will be able to leverage the infrastructure and support of the broader Linux Foundation community that is needed to make this initiative successful,” Stewart added.

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