[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”20735″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]One key benefit of open source is its ability to enable rapid innovation. Collaborating on non-competitive pieces of technology frees up resources, enabling companies to focus more on developing new products and services.

We are seeing this play out now in the automotive industry as automakers are adopting open source software for core technologies like the infotainment operating system. This allows them to focus more resources towards the industry-wide race to develop new technologies, mobility services, and autonomous vehicles.

According to the 2017 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study, 53 percent of consumers expect vehicle technology to be as robust as their smartphone. Unfortunately, the automotive industry has fallen behind the smartphone in terms of features and functionality. Automotive innovation is too slow, time-to-market is too long, and there’s very little software reuse.

Part of the problem is that today’s connected car uses approximately 100 million lines of code. Compare that to the Android operating system, which runs on 12-15 million lines of code, and the average iPhone app which uses less than 50,000 lines. It’s no wonder that the product development cycle for automotive companies is so much longer than for tech companies. According to some industry data, the development of an infotainment system traditionally takes 36-39 months.  In that time period, three or four versions of iPhone and Android phones will be released.

One of the main obstacles preventing automakers from innovating as quickly as tech companies is that the infotainment landscape is very fragmented. Imagine for a second if each PC or laptop manufacturer had its own version of an operating system; this would mean that application developers would have to make sure their software works with each manufacturer. What a mess! Yet this is exactly the situation we have in the automotive market. Each automaker has its own proprietary system that was built using a custom version of Linux, QNX, or Windows Embedded, and there’s very little code reuse.

Innovating with open source

To reduce this fragmentation, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) community at The Linux Foundation is building an open source platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard. Sharing a common platform enables developers to build an application once and have it work everywhere. Automakers can focus on developing new products and innovative new features that can be brought to market faster.  

The AGL infotainment platform, the Unified Code Base (UCB), is quickly gaining momentum across the industry. Toyota has adopted the AGL platform for its next-generation infotainment system, which debuts on the 2018 Toyota Camry and will roll out to most Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America. And we expect to see more products and vehicles with AGL roll-out over the next couple of years.

AGL’s first focus was on infotainment, but we are planning to address all software in the vehicle including instrument cluster, heads-up-display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving. As the race towards self-driving cars continues to heat up, it’s become clear that the amount of code needed to support autonomous driving is too large for any one company to develop on its own.  

An open source platform for autonomous driving will help accelerate the development of self-driving technology while creating a sustainable ecosystem that can maintain it as it evolves over time. We believe the first step is to create an open, crowdsourced mapping database where automakers can contribute and access real-time 3D map data. AGL will soon to be in millions of cars on the road. With the support of our rapidly growing community, we hope to drive the cross-industry collaboration needed to accelerate development for autonomous vehicles.

Software has become one of the backbones of the automotive industry. It powers applications from infotainment to advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. By bringing the industry together around a shared platform, AGL is enabling automakers to innovate faster, and quickly bring new products to market that will enhance the customer experience and impact the bottom line.

If you are interested in riding the wave with us, visit our website at automotivelinux.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”20735″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]One key benefit of open source is its ability to enable rapid innovation. Collaborating on non-competitive pieces of technology frees up resources, enabling companies to focus more on developing new products and services.

We are seeing this play out now in the automotive industry as automakers are adopting open source software for core technologies like the infotainment operating system. This allows them to focus more resources towards the industry-wide race to develop new technologies, mobility services, and autonomous vehicles.

According to the 2017 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study, 53 percent of consumers expect vehicle technology to be as robust as their smartphone. Unfortunately, the automotive industry has fallen behind the smartphone in terms of features and functionality. Automotive innovation is too slow, time-to-market is too long, and there’s very little software reuse.

Part of the problem is that today’s connected car uses approximately 100 million lines of code. Compare that to the Android operating system, which runs on 12-15 million lines of code, and the average iPhone app which uses less than 50,000 lines. It’s no wonder that the product development cycle for automotive companies is so much longer than for tech companies. According to some industry data, the development of an infotainment system traditionally takes 36-39 months.  In that time period, three or four versions of iPhone and Android phones will be released.

One of the main obstacles preventing automakers from innovating as quickly as tech companies is that the infotainment landscape is very fragmented. Imagine for a second if each PC or laptop manufacturer had its own version of an operating system; this would mean that application developers would have to make sure their software works with each manufacturer. What a mess! Yet this is exactly the situation we have in the automotive market. Each automaker has its own proprietary system that was built using a custom version of Linux, QNX, or Windows Embedded, and there’s very little code reuse.

Innovating with open source

To reduce this fragmentation, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) community at The Linux Foundation is building an open source platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard. Sharing a common platform enables developers to build an application once and have it work everywhere. Automakers can focus on developing new products and innovative new features that can be brought to market faster.  

The AGL infotainment platform, the Unified Code Base (UCB), is quickly gaining momentum across the industry. Toyota has adopted the AGL platform for its next-generation infotainment system, which debuts on the 2018 Toyota Camry and will roll out to most Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America. And we expect to see more products and vehicles with AGL roll-out over the next couple of years.

AGL’s first focus was on infotainment, but we are planning to address all software in the vehicle including instrument cluster, heads-up-display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving. As the race towards self-driving cars continues to heat up, it’s become clear that the amount of code needed to support autonomous driving is too large for any one company to develop on its own.  

An open source platform for autonomous driving will help accelerate the development of self-driving technology while creating a sustainable ecosystem that can maintain it as it evolves over time. We believe the first step is to create an open, crowdsourced mapping database where automakers can contribute and access real-time 3D map data. AGL will soon to be in millions of cars on the road. With the support of our rapidly growing community, we hope to drive the cross-industry collaboration needed to accelerate development for autonomous vehicles.

Software has become one of the backbones of the automotive industry. It powers applications from infotainment to advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. By bringing the industry together around a shared platform, AGL is enabling automakers to innovate faster, and quickly bring new products to market that will enhance the customer experience and impact the bottom line.

If you are interested in riding the wave with us, visit our website at automotivelinux.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2017Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, today announced that six new members have joined Automotive Grade Linux and The Linux Foundation. DrimAES joins AGL at the Silver level while ARM, Elektrobit, RealVNC, Telenav and Tuxera join AGL at the Bronze level.

“We saw a 60% membership growth in 2016, and we expect that momentum to continue in 2017,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux. “Our new members represent a wide group of skills and expertise, from location-based services to digital storage, which will be valuable as we continue to enhance our UCB infotainment platform and expand into other automotive applications like telematics and instrument cluster.”

AGL has reached several major milestones over the past couple of months. With these six new members, and the recent announcements of Suzuki and Daimler earlier this year, AGL now has 90+ members including ten OEMs. AGL also recently announced the third release of the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution 3.0, which was on display at CES 2017.

New Member Quotes:

ARM

“We believe common software architectures are essential to enable carmakers and suppliers to rapidly innovate,” said Richard York, vice president of embedded marketing, ARM. “Around 90 percent of infotainment systems are built using ARM®-based technology. By supporting Automotive Grade Linux, we contribute to the ecosystem of OEMs and system integrators that build these efficient systems, enabling them to take full advantage of shared software across the industry.”

DrimAES

“We are delighted to join Automotive Grade Linux and help develop a shared software platform for the industry,” said Guktae Kim, CEO of DrimAES. “We believe the in-car experience should be as intuitive as a smartphone, which is why we are developing new embedded solutions with an advanced user interface (UI) based on AGL that we look forward to sharing with the community.”

Elektrobit

“We look forward to working with Automotive Grade Linux to provide new opportunities for the connected car,” said Martin Schleicher, executive vice president strategy and partnerships at Elektrobit. “Our software solutions and knowledge of connected car infrastructure and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will enable AGL to evolve the next generation vehicle architecture, incorporate over-the-air (OTA) updates, integrated cockpit solutions, telematics and ADAS.”

RealVNC

“We provide the vehicle connectivity solutions that are essential for enabling drivers and passengers to stay connected and monitor their vehicles while on the road,” said Tom Blackie, VP of Automotive at RealVNC. “As long standing advocates of open standards, we look forward to contributing our telematics and connectivity expertise to Automotive Grade Linux so that the broader automotive ecosystem will be able to seamlessly integrate remote access and control.”

Telenav

“We are very excited to collaborate with Automotive Grade Linux and explore new applications for OpenStreetCam, our open platform for street-level imagery,” said Philipp Kandal, VP of Engineering and OSM at Telenav. “As a leading provider of location-based platform services, we also hope to apply our expertise to the AGL infotainment platform to provide all automakers with a robust navigation experience.”

Tuxera

“Cars are quickly becoming powerhouse producers of big data, and it’s important to have high-quality, reliable software to store, process and turn that data into valuable information,” said Szabolcs Szakacsits, President & CTO at Tuxera. “Collaborating with Automotive Grade Linux will enable us to ensure that car makers can store critical consumer and vehicle data safely.”

The full list of AGL members is available here.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technologies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable rapid development of new features and technologies. Although initially focused on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), AGL is the only organization planning to address all software in the vehicle, including instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Learn more: https://www.automotivelinux.org/

Automotive Grade Linux is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2016Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, today announced that AutoIO Technology, Irdeto, Link Motion, Pocket Soft, sdtech and Synopsys have joined The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux.  

AGL recently released the Unified Code Base 2.0 (UCB), an updated version of the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform developed from the ground up through a joint effort by automakers and suppliers. The UCB 2.0 includes new features such as rear seat display, video playback, audio routing and application framework. Although initially focused on IVI, the AGL collaborative project plans to support instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics and autonomous driving in the future.

“Developing an open platform with multiple levels of security is essential for us as security breaches continue to be a concern across the industry,” said Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive at The Linux Foundation. “These new members are a welcome addition to the AGL community as their expertise in security and software will help us improve our IVI platform as well as ensure that future projects are developed from the onset with security in mind.”

AGL will be holding its first Security Summit this week at the bi-annual AGL All-Member Meetings in Munich and plans to release Security Architecture guidelines later this year.

About the new members:

AutoIO Technology

AutoIO Technology is a software company specializing in the design, R&D, production and sales of full, programmable TFT instrument clusters, including the JetCast protocol and Auto IO operating system. Since its foundation, the young company has been rapidly recognized in the industry for its strong technology R&D capabilities as well as its leading technology innovation.

“Our whole system is based on the Linux kernel, which has enabled us to develop a real-time, cross-platform system that we can rapidly innovate on,” said Zhang Zheng, CEO of AutoIO Technology. “Automotive Grade Linux is a natural fit for us, and we look forward to collaborating with other members and sharing the advances we’ve made with the community.”

Irdeto

Irdeto is a world leader in digital platform security, enabling customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 2 billion devices for some of the world’s best known brands across industries including media and entertainment, payments and automotive.

“We have spent four decades working with professional hackers to develop a highly reliable digital security platform for connected car security,” said Daniel Thunberg, Global Head, Internet of Things at Irdeto. “Working with Automotive Grade Linux, we hope to lend our security expertise to the community to ensure that the software in future cars is protected against tampering and other intrusion-type techniques.”

Link Motion

Founded to create a new value chain in the automotive industry, Link Motion is a dedicated automotive software and hardware company focused on creating a secure, robust and reliable carputer in a cost efficient way. Their single vehicle computer, which was designed with security throughout, shields vehicles from attack through multi-point defenses and centralizes new functions and connected devices to create more secure vehicles.

“In today’s connected world, security needs to be top of mind when developing software and hardware solutions,” said Jouni Mikkonen, CEO of Link Motion. “We are excited to join Automotive Grade Linux and collaborate with other members to develop secure systems for connected cars.”

Pocket Soft

Founded in 1986, Pocket Soft is a privately owned company that builds the RTPatch® brand of software updating tools for embedded systems engineers and enterprise software developers. The gold-standard in its class, RTPatch is used worldwide for millions of updates daily and enables customers to reduce the size of their updates 90-99%, with 100% accuracy.

“Efficient software updating is a business necessity in the automotive industry,” said Tony Olivero, Chief Operating Officer at Pocket Soft. “By joining Automotive Grade Linux, we hope to enable all OEMs and suppliers to benefit from the significant impact that RTPatch can have on integration and time to market.”

sdtech

Founded in 2015, sdtech engages in design research and engineering, software development, HMI and systems operations. The company also focuses on creating sustainable design and technology for automotive, mobile and consumer electronics companies.

“We are excited to join Automotive Grade Linux and help design a connected car solution for the entire industry,” said Kazuo Kawabata, CEO of sdtech. “Sustainable design is at the heart of our business, and we hope to bring a user-centric perspective to help ensure the platform and the HMI are intuitive and user-friendly.”

Synopsys

Customers across the automotive supply chain use Synopsys’ Silicon to Software™ solutions to develop ICs and software for infotainment, ADAS, V2X and autonomous driving applications.  Synopsys’ portfolio of automotive-specific IC design and verification tools, automotive-grade IP and automotive software cybersecurity and quality solutions accelerate time to market and enable the next generation of safe, secure and smarter connected cars.   

“Developing SoCs that address safety critical features in automotive applications such as ADAS and V2X requires IP that meets stringent quality and functional safety standards,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “By working with the AGL open source community to provide a portfolio of automotive-grade IP that adheres to ISO 26262 functional safety, AEC-Q100 reliability and TS 16949 quality, Synopsys enables designers to accelerate the development and qualification of automotive SoCs.”

More than 40 new companies have joined AGL in the past year, bringing the member total to more than 80. Ford, Honda, 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, Continental, DENSO, Fujitsu Ten, HARMAN, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DATA MSE, Panasonic, Pioneer, Qualcomm, Renesas Electronics, Wind River and many others.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. Leveraging the power and strength of Linux at its core, AGL is uniting automakers and technology companies to develop an open platform that offers OEMs complete control of the user experience so the industry can rapidly innovate where it counts. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Learn more: https://www.automotivelinux.org/

Automotive Grade Linux is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at  www.linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Media Inquiries

Emily Olin

Automotive Grade Linux

eolin@linuxfoundation.org