Big IoT Brands Join Linux Movement for Connected Car

By Ken Briodagh May 11, 2016

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a collaborative open source project within the Linux Foundation working on a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car and it’s secured the backing of some serious partners, according to an announcement this week. Movimento, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Texas Instruments, UIEvolution and VeriSilicon have joined AGL, and that’s a huge endorsement for the open-source movement in connected car, an industry that’s been locked up in proprietary software for most of its life, largely because of security concerns.

“AGL has seen tremendous growth over the past year as demand for connected car technology and infotainment are rapidly increasing,” said Dan Cauchy, GM, Automotive, The Linux Foundation. “Our membership base is not only growing rapidly, but it is also diversifying across various business interests, from semiconductors and in-vehicle software to IoT and connected cloud services. This is a clear indication that the connected car revolution has broad implications across many industry verticals.”

At CES 2016, AGL announced a new AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution built specifically for the automotive industry. This new Linux distribution is built from the ground up to address automotive specific applications and AGL hopes it will become the standard for the industry.

“The automotive industry is enjoying an unprecedented rate of innovation, fueled by a large number of connectivity and compute technologies coming together into the car,” said Nakul Duggal, VP, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Automotive Grade Linux will help car manufacturers take advantage of these technologies, accelerating the development of the cutting-edge, in-car experiences drivers demand today.”

Thirty new companies have joined AGL in the past year, bringing the member total to more than 70. Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota are among the first carmakers to participate in the AGL collaborative project. Other members include Aisin AW, Codethink, DENSO, Fujitsu Ten, HARMAN, Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DATA MSE, Panasonic, Pioneer, Renesas Electronics, Wind River and many others.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Editorial Director

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