BMW, Nissan and Toyota are among the companies keynoting at this first-time event
SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its program for the first-ever Automotive Linux Summit taking place November 28, 2011 in Yokohama, Japan.
The Automotive Linux Summit will bring together the brightest minds from the automotive industry, the Linux developer community and the mobility ecosystem. As the premier vendor-neutral business and technical conference focused on Linux and automotive technologies, attendees can expect to learn about how to use Linux and open source software in automotive applications, ranging from in-vehicle on-board systems to cloud solutions for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
This one-day event is packed with six keynote presentations from major car manufacturers and the Linux kernel community. It also includes 15 breakout sessions, which will cover best practices for Linux in automotive, HTML5 technology in cars, compliance, and In-Vehicle-Infotainment, among other topics. The confirmed keynote speakers include:
♣ Toyota’s Ken-ichi Murata, project general manager, Electronics Development Division #1. Murata will present “Opening Up the Automotive Industry.”
♣ Nissan’s Toshiro Muramatsu and BMW’s Head of Infotainment Architecture Design Graham Smethurst will join The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin and Toyota’s Ken-ichi Murata for a closing panel on “How Can We Make It Happen?”
♣ Intel Japan’s Director and Vice President Yoshie Munakata will address how shared technology will accelerate innovation in the automotive marketplace.
♣ Graham Smethurst, who is also president of the GENIVI Alliance, will share the organization’s lessons learned with open source software.
♣ Linux kernel developer and SUSE’s Greg Kroah-Hartman will present a history of the Linux kernel and the kernel community.
♣ Symbio’s CTO of Device Creation, Juha-Matti Liukkonen, will talk about how next generation IVI systems are built.
♣ The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin will open the event with an overview on the challenges to overcome for Linux in the automotive space.
“Linux has a competitive advantage in the automotive industry due to its ability to support the long-term support needs of automakers,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “But we’re at the very beginning of what Linux will do to revolutionize the way people interact with their cars. The Automotive Linux Summit will help advance that work.”
To review the complete Automotive Linux Summit program, please visit the Linux Foundation Events website. To register for the event, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/automotive-linux-summit/register .
The Automotive Linux Summit is made possible, in part, due to its generous sponsors. Platinum sponsors include Intel, Symbio and Toyota. GENIVI is a Gold sponsor. Silver sponsors include Black Duck, Clarion, Fujitsu Ten, Nomovok, Palamida and Renesas.
About The Linux Foundation
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