Giant automotive parts manufacturers Hyundai Mobis, Continental and Toshiba and a number of other companies have joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a project that targets the development of an open-source, Linux-based platform for connected cars.
Earlier this year, AGL has unveiled a new set of codes designed particularly for the automotive industry. The new Linux distribution addresses automotive-specific applications such as safety, navigation, security, communications, and infotainment functionality. The Linux Foundation, which promotes the universal adoption of the Linux open-source operating system, is hopeful that it will become the de facto standard for the automotive industry.
Automotive manufacturers are rethinking their cars’ electronic architectures as digital functions become more important today. Obsolete architectures combined with a number of in-car operating systems are making it hard—and expensive—to add new functionality.
According to Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive at the Linux Foundation, said that their target is to bring companies from different backgrounds and regions to establish an open platform that would drive rapid innovation across the entire automotive industry.
Ubiquitous, an embedded software provider, and ForgeRock, which has established an internet-of-things platform, bright box, a Vienna-based automotive software expert, are also joining AGL.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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