Embedded software

Bespoke embedded software solutions for a range of market sectors, across the whole product development process.

Tailored embedded software solutions for your vehicle platforms

From the development of operating systems and firmware to the application specific software and more, we can build packages to specification from the ground up, for your particular use case. Alternatively, we can tap into a wealth of software libraries to support off-the-shelf solutions ready for integration into your vehicle platforms.

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Ricardo’s dedicated software engineering team focus on delivering specific solutions for a variety of project demands. Our global technical centres provide innovative engineering, testing, prototyping and manufacturing.

Our core capabilities in embedded software development includes:

  • Requirements elicitation
  • Architecture definition
  • Concept definition
  • High level and low level design
  • Implementation and unit testing
  • Calibration and optimisation
  • Test and validation
  • Fleet data activation and prognostics
  • Test data management and analytics

Ricardo works across a broad range of market sectors and industries. Our Embedded Software Development solutions are offered to clients operating within the Automotive, Defence, Marine and Aerospace sectors.

We primarily design and develop solutions for following types of applications:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Rail
  • Aerospace
  • Maritime
  • Defence
  • Industrial

Our clients from across our global consultancy include OEMs in automotive, rail and aerospace. We’ve worked with some of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers on specific embedded software projects and continue to provide support and assistance. Get in touch for more information.

Ricardo develop embedded systems software on baremetal, lightweight ROTS as well as the AUTOSAR framework, which is widely adopted by many of the world’s leading OEMs.

Our expert team of engineers develop innovative software solutions to support the development of new products. We can provide expertise on software solutions, develop bespoke systems from the ground up, or provide project support on existing development programmes.

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Our embedded software solutions

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Smart emissions control

Our solutions use geofencing and electronic horizon technology to enable hybrid drivers to benefit from improved fuel economy, while also ensuring fewer harmful emissions are produced when in low emissions zones.

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Transmission control software

Discover why original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers use our modular transmission control software and solutions when testing new configurations.

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Connected battery management system (BMS)

Ricardo has developed the Connected Battery Management System (BMS) significantly to benefit original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fleet operators by allowing them to manage battery health across all their vehicles.

Embedded software


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Ty Kim

Head of Software and Digital

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Cesare Giordano

Cesare Giordano

Chief Prog Engineer and Product Strategy

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James Mullineux

Head of Digital

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