Linux Hitting Car Industry

Linux Hitting Car Industry

Linux is a prime example of open-source development, which has been around for decades, has made big strides recently. It has transported itself from the official platform of geekdom to an enterprise-class operating system that will support some of a today’s computing needs. It’s one of the fastest growing operating systems in the history, and many large companies have already adopted Linux-based servers as an integral part of their offices. It gained a strong foothold in the server, desktop and smartphone market.

And now it’s making a push for the car industry as well. Linux isn't just for servers, desktops and phones anymore, it now drives the connected cars.

Released Tuesday, AGL’s first open source software release is now available for download, providing the car industry with a world-class open-source technology platform. With AGL, anyone can now start building apps for the connected cars.

AGL officially started in September 2012 as a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for connected cars. Currently AGL has 32 members on board, including two of the industry’s biggest car manufacturers – Nissan and Toyota, along with Jaguar Land Rover and major tech companies such as Intel, and NVIDIA.

The goal of AGL is not to provide a production system, but rather a technology compendium in form of a reference platform and documentation that can easily be tailored and extended.

AGL will work with the Tizen project – an open source, Linux-based software platform – as the reference distribution to develop a reference platform that is optimized for a broad set of automotive applications and products. From an application ecosystem standpoint, AGL is a reference platform that will enable develops and independent software vendors to build third party apps for it that will run across all compliant AGL implementations. AGL is also working on an app development framework based on HTML5 and JavaScript with bindings to a messaging bus for sensor and control data.

While in-vehicle infotainment is a natural fit for Linux it’s not limited to in-vehicle entertainment systems only, AGL’s flexibility allows much broader use inside and outside of vehicle as well: intelligent roadway systems, climate control, telematics and, even integration with other devices and cloud.

AGL is a big step forward, the industry will surely benefits from the strengths and stability of Linux platform. It help the industry move one step closer to achieving its vision of delivering the connected cars.

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