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First standard Linux-based software platform for the connected car arrives

Claims to be the "industry's only fully open automotive platform"
Wed Jul 02 2014, 16:14
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LINUX-BASED SOFTWARE STACK Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) has released its first open source software distribution for download as the first standard Linux software for the connected car.

AGL is building what it claims is the "industry's only fully open automotive platform" which aims to offer carmakers an integrated software stack based on Linux to create their own branded in-car infotainment experiences.

"Standardising on a single platform means the industry can rapidly innovate where it counts to create a safe and reliable connected car experience," the Linux Foundation said. "Open collaboration within the AGL community means support for multi-architectures and features to bolster the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) experience."

The Linux Foundation's general manager of automotive, Dan Cauchy, said that collaboration is key to accelerate the development of a common, standard automotive platform so the industry can deliver the connected car more quickly.

"This AGL release is a great step forward and the community is already looking to build on its work to address a number of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases. With AGL at the core, the industry will be able to more rapidly innovate and evolve to meet customer needs," he added.

The AGL open source software builds on top of Tizen IVI by adding a number of applications developed in HTML5 and JavaScript into a single open source reference platform. For example, key features would include a home screen, dashboard, Google Maps, HVAC, media playback, news reader, audio controls, Bluetooth Phone and a smart device link (SDL) Integration.

Each component includes a detailed Design Requirements Document (DRD) with descriptions, use cases, HMI flows, graphical assets and architecture diagrams. AGL code, DRDs and more are all available on the AGL wiki to give anyone the background and tools needed to use the software and start contributing to the project.

"Using AGL means the industry benefits from the stability and strength of a common Linux distribution, Tizen IVI, at the core while bringing their own unique applications and functionality to market faster," said The Linux Foundation's director of embedded solutions, Rudolf Strief. "Collaborating within the AGL community helps the industry avoid fragmentation that can waste time and R&D resources that could be put to better use innovating on safety and reliability for drivers."

AGL is free to download and open to participation to anyone. µ


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