The Linux Foundation Announces Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup
HARMAN, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Samsung, Toyota and More to Collaborate on Effort to Broadly Support Open Source Technology in Automotive Industry
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sep 19, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated toaccelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the AutomotiveGrade Linux Workgroup (AGL). The Workgroup will facilitate widespreadindustry collaboration that advances automotive device development,providing a community reference platform that companies can use forcreating products.
Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota are among the first carmakers toparticipate in the Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. Other membersinclude Aisin AW, DENSO Corporation, Feuerlabs, Fujitsu, HARMAN,Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, Reaktor, Renesas, Samsung, Symbio, TexasInstruments Incorporated (TI), and Tieto. For comments from a varietyof these companies please visit:https://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2012/09/supporting-comments-linux-foundation-announces-automotive-grade
A major shift is underway in the automotive industry. Carmakers areusing new technologies to meet consumer expectations for the sameconnectivity in cars as what is today the norm in homes and offices.From dashboard computing to In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI),automobiles are becoming the latest wireless devices -- on wheels. Byleveraging the 10B collective investment (value of linux:https)already made in the Linux kernel and taking advantage of thetechnology contributions from the consumer electronics and enterprisecomputing markets, carmakers can use Linux and open sourcetechnologies to accelerate innovation.
The Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup will work with the Tizen projectas the reference distribution optimized for a broad set of automotiveapplications ranging from Instrumentation Cluster toIn-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) and more. The Linux Foundation willhost this effort, providing a neutral environment for collaborationamong the Linux kernel community, other open source softwarecommunities and the automotive industry.
The reference platform will use the upstream first policy and supportthe long lifecycle of cars. This will allow for ongoing support forthe products built with Automotive Grade Linux, as well as supportfor critical features such as fast boot.
"This workgroup will leverage Tizen to create a Debian or Fedora-likeproject for the automotive industry," said Jim Zemlin, executivedirector at The Linux Foundation. "Like those communitydistributions, the Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup will rapidly feedcutting-edge technologies to automakers and their partners who canbuild Linux-based products for the newest cars."
"A community distribution for automotive Linux is essential," saidKen-ichi Murata, Project General Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation."There are a core set of requirements specific to the automotiveindustry, and collaborative development can help meet those needsfaster and more efficiently."
The Linux Foundation today is also announcing that HARMAN and JaguarLand Rover are becoming Silver members of the organization. Thesecompanies recognize the value of Linux in enabling the future of cartechnologies and aim to maximize their investment in the platformthrough Linux Foundation membership.
The Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup also supports other efforts suchas GENIVI Alliance and the W3C workshop on Web and Automotive. Formore information about the Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup, pleasevisit: http://automotive.linuxfoundation.org
About The Linux Foundation The Linux Foundation is a nonprofitconsortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator LinusTorvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operatingsystem by marshaling the resources of its members and the open sourcedevelopment community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forumfor collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences,including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research, Linuxvideos and content that advances the understanding of the Linuxplatform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reachapproximately two million people per month. The organization alsoprovides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature theLinux kernel community's leading experts as instructors. Follow TheLinux Foundation on Twitter.
Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo, Tizenand Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is atrademark of Linus Torvalds.
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