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Latest release includes new features for audio, connectivity, security, OTA and speech recognition

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 22, 2020 — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), an open source project developing a shared software platform for in-vehicle technology, today announced the latest code release of the AGL platform, UCB 9.0, also known under the codename “Itchy Icefish.”

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. 

“The AGL platform continues to evolve and mature based on input and requirements from automakers, several of which are currently using AGL in production vehicles” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “This latest code release includes audio, connectivity and security enhancements, improvements to speech recognition, and many HTML5 demo apps.” 

Many AGL members have already started integrating the UCB into their production plans. The 2020 Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy uses open source software from the AGL UCB, Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s AGL-based infotainment system is now in Toyota and Lexus vehicles globally.

UCB 9.0/Itchy Icefish includes an operating system, middleware and application framework. New updates to the AGL platform include:

  • Over-the-Air (OTA): Update for ostree (SOTA)
  • Application Framework: improvements including implementing Token Logic based security
  • Speech Recognition: Alexa Auto SDK 2.0; improved Speech-API and voiceagent integration; new open source version of display cards for Speech Recognition
  • Audio: enhancements to PipeWire and WirePlumber
  • Connectivity: improved networking support and network settings; reworked bluetooth APIs and extended to pbap and map protocols
  • HTML5 Apps: security converted to using Token Logic; HTML5-only image available using Web App Manager (WAM) and Chromium; HTML Demo apps available for Home Screen, Launcher, Dashboard, Settings, Media Player, Mixer, HVAC, and Chromium Browser
  • Instrument Cluster: QML Reference Apps: Steering Wheel Controls via LIN to IVI Apps, refreshed Instrument Cluster app that includes CAN messages from Steering Wheel/IVI
  • Board Support Package updates: Renesas RCar3 BSPs updated to v3.21 (M3/H3, E3, Salvator); enhanced support for SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced + Automotive Cape support; i.MX6 using etnaviv (cubox-i target); enhanced Raspberry Pi 4 support

The full list of additions and enhancements to UCB 9.0 can be found here.

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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. Automotive Grade Linux is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Learn more at automotivelinux.org.

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at LinuxFoundation.org. 

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Automotive Grade Linux, the Linux Foundation 

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2020 — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, announces three new members: MERA, Mocana, and Osaka NDS.

“With the support of 11 major automakers, we are increasingly seeing more vehicles in production with AGL,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to working with all of our new members as we continue to expand the AGL platform and the global ecosystem of products and services that support it.”

AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open, shared software platform for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

New Member Quotes:

MERA
“MERA, as a software development company, has been using open source software for many years, bringing best in class solutions to its customers in various industries like ICT, Industrial IoT, Automotive, FinTech and others,” said Dmitry Oshmarin, CTO of MERA. “As experts in embedded software development, especially in the Linux environments, we plan to contribute to Automotive Grade Linux. At the same time, we will leverage this new experience to help our customers to benefit from using AGL in their products.”

Mocana
“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are connecting a broadening range of systems and devices onboard vehicles to deliver mission-critical safety capabilities as well as significantly enhance the user experience. Many of these on-board systems also incorporate virtualized systems or containers to streamline and scale the delivery of key functionalities,” said Dave Smith, President of Mocana. “This increase in connectivity provides additional insight into the performance and reliability of systems to improve system performance and safety, as well as minimize downtime and reduce maintenance costs. Unfortunately, it also introduces new cybersecurity risks and ways for hackers to attack these on-board systems to compromise their safety and uptime – and generate inaccurate alerts, messaging and data. We plan to design plug-n-play solutions that integrate with the AGL platform to enable scalable, end-to-end security, to protect any AGL-based systems on-board connected or autonomous vehicles.”

Osaka NDS
“Osaka NDS CO.,Ltd is leader in developing, deploying and supporting commercial and industrial embedded Linux solutions and services, and we are excited about joining the AGL community,” states Yutaka Toida, Osaka NDS’s Director. “We look forward to working with other AGL members as we continue to expand the AGL platform to support new mobility solutions and connected car applications.”

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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. Automotive Grade Linux is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Learn more at automotivelinux.org.

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Emily Olin

LAS VEGAS – CES 2020, January 7, 2020Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for all connected car technologies, today announced that the Subaru Starlink infotainment platform on the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback and the 2020 Subaru Legacy uses open source software from the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) platform.

Subaru Starlink on the 2020 Subaru Outback

“Using AGL’s open source software allows us to easily customize the user experience and integrate new features, creating an integrated cockpit entertainment system that is more enjoyable for drivers,” said Mr. Naoyoshi Morita, General Manager of Electronic Product Design Dept. of Subaru Corporation. “We believe that shared software development through Automotive Grade Linux benefits the entire industry, and we look forward to our continued involvement and collaboration with other automakers and suppliers.”

AGL is supported by more than 150 members, including 11 automakers, who are working together to develop the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) platform, a shared software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics, and instrument cluster applications. Sharing an open platform allows for code reuse and a more efficient development process as developers and suppliers can build once and have a product work for multiple automakers.

“Subaru has been an AGL member for many years, and we are very excited to see them use AGL in production,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux. “The AGL platform continues to gain traction, and we expect to see more automakers using it in production in the years to come.”

AGL BOOTH AT CES 2020
The AGL booth at CES 2020 in the Westgate Hotel Pavilion, booth 1815, features 19+ demos by AGL members showing infotainment, instrument cluster, autonomous driving, security, connectivity, and other applications running on the AGL open source software platform.

The AGL booth will be open to the public during CES show hours and during the AGL Evening Reception & Demo Showcase on Wednesday, January 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm PT. Additional details and registration for the Evening Reception are available here.

Media and analysts are also invited to attend an AGL Media Happy Hour at CES on Tuesday, January 7, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm PT in the AGL booth. Please RSVP here.

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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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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.

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Automotive Grade Linux Booth at CES 2020 Showcases 2020 Mazda CX-30, 2020 Toyota RAV4, and 20+ Open Source AGL-Based Demos

18 AGL members including DENSO, DENSO TEN, Mazda, Panasonic, Renesas, NTT DATA MSE, and Suzuki, will show instrument cluster, infotainment, connected car, and cybersecurity applications running on AGL technology

SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2019 – Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for all connected car technologies, will be at  CES 2020 demonstrating open source infotainment and instrument cluster applications along with 20+ connected car demonstrations developed by AGL members.

The AGL Booth in the Westgate Hotel Pavilion #1815 will feature a 2020 Toyota RAV4 with an AGL-based multimedia system that is currently in production, a 2020 Mazda CX-30 showcasing a proof of concept (POC) demo using new AGL reference hardware, and automotive technology demonstrations by: AISIN AW, DENSO, DENSO TEN, Igalia, IoT.bzh, LG Electronics, Mazda, Microchip, NTT DATA MSE, OpenSynergy, Panasonic, Renesas, SafeRide Technologies, Suzuki, SYSGO, Tuxera and VNC Automotive. The booth will be open to the public during CES show hours from January 7-10, 2020.

“Instrument Cluster has been a big focus over the past year, and we look forward to demonstrating the amazing work being done by our members to optimize the AGL platform for use in lower performance processors and low-cost vehicles, including motorcycles,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “We are proud to be showing vehicles from Toyota and Mazda and we will also have 20+ open source demos in our booth, a small sampling of some of the AGL-based products and services that automakers and suppliers continue to bring to market.”

AGL is an open source project hosted at the Linux Foundation that is changing the way automotive manufacturers build software.  More than 150 members, including 11 automakers, are working together to develop a common platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics, and instrument cluster applications. Sharing an open platform allows for code reuse and a more efficient development process as developers and suppliers can build once and have a product work for multiple automakers.

The AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) platform includes an operating system, middleware and application framework, and provides 70-80% of the starting point for a production project. Automakers and suppliers customize the other 20-30% of the platform with features, services and branding to meet their product and customer needs.

Many AGL members have already started integrating the UCB into their production plans. Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles. Toyota’s AGL-based infotainment system is now in Toyota and Lexus vehicles globally and will be on display in the AGL booth in a 2020 Toyota RAV4. A list of additional products and services that support AGL are available are in the AGL Vendor Marketplace.

AGL DEMOS AT CES 2020
The AGL booth will feature several core UCB demos developed collaboratively by the AGL community, as well as 20 product and proof of concept (PoC) demos.

The AGL booth will be open to the public during CES show hours and during the AGL Evening Reception & Demo Showcase on Wednesday, January 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm PT. Additional details and registration for the Evening Reception are available here.

Media and analysts are also invited to attend an AGL Media Happy Hour at CES on Tuesday, January 7, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm PT in the AGL booth. RSVP here or contact us to schedule an on-site briefing.

Core AGL UCB Demos:

  • Instrument Cluster: Infotainment and Instrument Cluster applications using container technology to run on a single microprocessor core. The speedometer and tachometer, along with a center display, show information from the infotainment system such as map data and media player information.
  • Infotainment: demonstrates media player, tuner, navigation, web browser, Bluetooth, WiFi, HVAC control, and audio mixer applications running the latest Happy Halibut code release (8.0.4). Adjust the HVAC or control multimedia via voice recognition with Amazon Alexa.
  • Steering wheel: A production steering wheel from Suzuki is incorporated into both demos. The second demo unit features the Infotainment and Instrument Cluster running on different boards with a CAN bus connection between them to share commands from the steering wheel as well as other vehicle data such as speed from a basic vehicle simulation. Commands available from the steering wheel include media functions and cruise control.

Demos by AGL members:

  • Aisin AW – AGL Low-Spec Cockpit: Demonstration shows another container integration based on a new draft version of AGL platform architecture.
  • DENSO and DENSO TEN – Next Gen Cockpit System: Next Gen Cockpit System demonstrated by DENSO and DENSO TEN.
  • Igalia – HTML5 apps on AGL platform: Pure HTML based UI and applications running on the different AGL reference hardware boards.
  • IoT.bzh – AGL@Sea: Ship cockpit simulation using the AGL platform with HTML5 and Android apps running inside secured containers with a cybersecurity attack scenario.
  • LG Electronics – HTML5 UI/UX for Automotive Infotainment with Autonomous Driving Simulation: Flexible and user-customizable HTML5 UI/UX for automotive infotainment using LG’s Web App Manager and Enact framework running on AGL, along with the open source LGSVL Simulator which supports development and testing of autonomous driving software (e.g. Autoware, Apollo, or the AGL Unified Autonomous Driving Platform).
  • Mazda – New Reference Hardware Demo on the 2020 Mazda CX-30: Showcasing interchangeable architecture hardware with 2 DIN form factor designed by the AGL Reference Hardware System Architecture Export Group. AGL demonstration running on the new reference hardware in 2020 Mazda CX-30.
  • Microchip Technology – INICnet™ Technology – Microphone Network & eCall: Showcasing AGL in conjunction with a safety critical application. Based on INICnet™ technology, it features an emergency response system (eCall) with a Simplex Daisy chain topology and the network diagnosis feature.
  • NTT DATA MSE – Voice Agent Service: Realization of a hybrid voice agent service based on AGL. User can receive various feedback from an agent service just by talking to it.
  • OpenChain Project – Open Source Compliance for Automotive: The OpenChain Project will demonstrate how open source tooling can help automate open source compliance in the automotive industry. The demonstration will be based on real world experiences from companies in key automotive manufacturing markets such as Japan.
  • OpenSynergy – Automotive Virtual Platform based on certified Hypervisor: Hypervisor-based cockpit solution enabling a virtual platform which integrates a large number of different functions, from entertainment and infotainment applications to Telematics Control Units (TCU) to Driver Information Systems. The solution integrates AGL and the hypervisor is the first Type 1 hypervisor compliant to ISO 26262:2018 ASIL-B.
  • Panasonic – AGL VR Cockpit: Improved Development Kit: Advanced HMI Development tools for AGL using Reference Hardware and HMD (Head Mounted Display). The Reference Hardware enables engineers to start IVI software development without production hardware, reducing software development lead time. The HMD, produced by Panasonic, features a wide view angle which is effective for evaluating cockpit HMI.
  • Renesas – Cloud-based Vehicle Service Delivery Platform and Cockpit ECU Reference Solution: Demonstrate container based secure microservice deployment that supports easy to develop solution to realize Time to Market. Cockpit ECU will kickstart your development with this all new reference solution from Renesas.
  • SafeRide Technologies – vSentry™: Multi-layer cybersecurity software solution for connected and autonomous vehicles that combines deterministic and zero false-positive protection for software network and connectivity – including IDPS, Firewall and Access Control – with a Machine Learning and Deep Learning profiling and anomaly detection technology for future-proof security.
  • Suzuki – AGL Instrument Cluster Demo: Highlights how the AGL platform can be optimized for Instrument Cluster applications and for use in lower performance processors and low-cost vehicles that do not require an entire infotainment software stack.
  • SYSGO – Secure Automotive Gateway: Secure Automotive Gateway demo with significant automotive security features such as Fast and Secure Boot, an intrusion detection system (IDS), a simulated software over the air (OTA) process, firewall and a secure application loader. All of which is supported by a remote tablet, an infotainment screen and a cluster screen running on the latest AGL UCB release (Happy Halibut).
  • Toyota – Multimedia: 2020 RAV4 with the latest infotainment system based on AGL.
  • Tuxera – IVI/Cluster Storage Health Widget: A widget that Tier-1s, OEMs, or even end users can use to check the “health” of the flash memory storage. The demo will simultaneously demonstrate virtualization through a Xen hypervisor to run AGL and Android IVIs where the widget can be displayed.
  • VNC Automotive – Connectivity that Moves: Demonstration of seamless connectivity between IVI and the mobile devices used within the car, and how a modular architecture can future-proof IVI systems by enabling them to be enhanced with additional applications and content provided by smartphones and add-on boxes. VNC Automotive will also have the first public unveiling of their new rear-seat entertainment solution. This uses the capabilities of AGL to aggregate multimedia content from multiple sources and stream them to the screens in the back of the car, as well as passengers’ tablets and headphones.

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German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT, and Ovo also join AGL

SAN FRANCISCO, October 10, 2019 — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, announces seven new members. SAIC Motor has joined as a Silver member, and German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT, and Ovo Automotive join as Bronze members.

“We are excited to welcome SAIC Motor as our first car manufacturer from China. This will allow us to expand our global ecosystem into the Chinese and Asian markets” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “AGL now has the support of 11 automakers which account for approximately sixty percent of worldwide annual vehicle shipments. We look forward to working with SAIC and all of our other new members as we continue to expand the AGL platform to support new mobility solutions and connected car applications.”

AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open, shared software platform for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

Automotive Grade Linux members will come together for the bi-annual AGL All Member Meeting on October 22-23, 2019, in Monte Carlo, Monaco to learn about the latest developments, share best practices and collaborate to drive rapid innovation across the industry. The meeting is open to all current AGL members. Details and registration information can be found here

New Member Quotes: 

German Autolabs
“German Autolabs is a pioneer in Automotive Voice Assistance,” said Holger G. Weiss, co-founder and CEO of German Autolabs. “Our full-stack conversational assistance solution is fully offline-capable and provides customizable white-label VPA technology solutions for Automotive OEM and fleet operators. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) as a standardized operating system provides a reliable and customer agnostic framework for our embedded stack. We plan to contribute to Speech, Connectivity, Navi and UI/Graphics expert groups.”

KPIT
“We believe in Reimagining Mobility for creating a cleaner, smarter & safer world, and connected vehicles play a central role in our vision,” said Anup Sable, CTO, KPIT Technologies Ltd. “We have been working closely with several carmakers over the last decade, and our Linux based infotainment platform is part of millions of vehicles. We are proud to be part of the AGL community and the Linux Foundation, where we can contribute our expertise in infotainment, Linux, cybersecurity, clusters and connectivity.”

MontaVista
“MontaVista Software is the worldwide leader in developing, deploying and supporting commercial and industrial embedded Linux solutions and services, and we are excited about joining the AGL Community,” states Ravi Gupta, MontaVista Software’s CEO. “As the next generation vehicles become more software oriented, ensuring the quality and reliability of that software is absolutely critical to the safety and security of transportation for decades to come. Our goal is to contribute to the AGL Community in developing new features and technologies, and as well as the long term support strategy for these complex systems.”

OUTCERT
“We built a technology education platform whose foundations rely on collaboration with organizations in a very broad spectrum. Linux and Open Source technologies have disrupted each and every segment covered in that spectrum,” said Lital Shoshan Idel, CEO at OUTCERT. “We foresee significant upskilling in the automotive workforce as it embraces rapid adoption of emerging technologies.”

Ovo Automotive
“Ovo delivers virtualized Android apps to connected vehicles directly from the cloud, providing OEMs, dealers, and fleet owners full control over the screens of their vehicles by choosing the Android apps to run,” said Dr. Gilad Zlotkin, CEO and Co-founder at Ovo Automotive. “We believe that openness is one of the greatest drivers of innovation and we see value in bringing the Android apps ecosystem into AGL. Being a proactive member of Automotive Grade Linux will enable us to better serve our clients.”

SAIC
“In recent years, SAIC aims at the new trend of the development of the automobile industry — electrification, intelligent network connection, sharing and internationalization. In the future, SAIC will take intelligent network-based cars, smart travel solutions and intelligent manufacturing as an important starting point to explore and practice the broader and deeper integration of big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence with the automobile industry, and contribute to the acceleration of transformation and upgrading of China’s automobile industry,” said Chen Hong, CEO of SAIC MOTOR. “Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is the only organization addressing all software in the car, including Infotainment, Instrument Cluster, HUD, ADAS, Function safety and Autonomous Driving, which will help us to achieve the goal promptly.”

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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. Automotive Grade Linux is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Learn more at automotivelinux.org.

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Emily Olin
Automotive Grade Linux
eolin@linuxfoundation.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Aug 22, 2019 — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), an open source project developing a shared software platform for in-vehicle technology, today announced a new working group focused on Instrument Cluster solutions, as well as the latest code release of the AGL platform, the UCB 8.0.

The AGL Instrument Cluster Expert Group (EG) is working to reduce the footprint of AGL and optimize the platform for use in lower performance processors and low-cost vehicles that do not require an entire infotainment software stack. Formed earlier this year, the group plans to release design specifications later this year with an initial code release in early 2020.

AGL is now supported by nine major automotive manufacturers, including the top three producers by worldwide volume, and is currently being used in production for a range of economy and luxury vehicles” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “The new Instrument Cluster Expert Group, supported by several of these automakers, will expand the use cases for AGL by enabling the UCB platform to support solutions for lower-cost vehicles, including motorcycles.” 

Unified Code Base 8.0
AGL is also announcing the latest UCB 8.0 code release. Developed through a joint effort by AGL member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. 

The AGL UCB 8.0, nicknamed “Happy Halibut,” includes an operating system, middleware and application framework. New updates to the platform include:

  • Device profiles for telematics and instrument cluster
  • Telematics Profile and demo available 
  • Web App Manager (WAM) enhancements
  • Upgrade to Yocto version 2.6 
  • Speech integration with Alexa Voice Agent
  • Multi-user security rules for the AGL Application Framework
  • Waltham transmitter and receiver now fully available in IVI and Instrument Cluster profiles
  • Window Manager and Home Screen Services – Window Manager and Compositor consolidation, Activity Manager, Input Manager
  • Audio Policy Manager
  • Pipewire as default audio build option
  • Writing to CAN bus fully supported and secured
  • Extensive Board Support Packages for major automotive reference hardware boards 
  • Task manager application now available as an installable widget

The full list of additions to the UCB 8.0 can be found here.

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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. Automotive Grade Linux is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Learn more at automotivelinux.org.

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Emily Olin
Automotive Grade Linux, the Linux Foundation
eolin@linuxfoundation.org

 

Volkswagen Joins Automotive Grade Linux and the Linux Foundation
to Accelerate Open Source Innovation and Shared Software Development

Leading German automaker continues its transformation from automobile manufacturer to mobility provider
by investing in open source and shared development of automotive software

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2019 — Automotive Grade Linux, a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, has announced that Volkswagen has joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source.

AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is changing the way automotive manufacturers build software. More than 130 members are working together to develop a common platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. Adopting an open platform across the industry enables automakers and suppliers to share and reuse the same code base, which reduces development costs, decreases time-to-market for new products and reduces fragmentation across the industry.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a digital transformation, and automakers and their suppliers are increasingly adopting open source solutions, like the AGL platform, to drive rapid innovation and enable them to bring products to market faster,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “We are very excited to welcome Volkswagen to the AGL community, and we look forward to leveraging the technological expertise of their developers and engineers as we continue to enhance the AGL platform and develop new functionalities.”

In 2008, Volkswagen contributed the Controller Area Network (CAN) bus networking subsystem to the Linux Kernel 2.6.25, which paved the way for a standardized socket API for developers and a common CAN network driver model for SoCs and PC-style CAN hardware. Within this contribution process, Volkswagen and non-automotive CAN users learned a lot from each other’s use-cases so that the Linux CAN support is now widely used in industrial, automotive and academic setups (e.g. CERN).

“The Open Source approach provides excellent software solutions that are suitable to enable a long-term support of software over the vehicle life cycle,” says Oliver Hartkopp, Open Source specialist at Volkswagen. “To ensure robust and secure solutions for our customers we want to be in close connection with the community to be able to directly interact with developers and maintainers.”

Working with communities and providing knowledge, ideas and source code requires a new mindset in the automotive industry. Volkswagen is joining AGL to become a member of the development community for the common automotive Linux platform.

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) platform is an open source software platform for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. It provides 70% of the starting point for a production project and includes an operating system, middleware and application framework. Automakers and suppliers can customize the platform with features, services and branding to meet their unique product and customer needs.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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.

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About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at 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.

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Led by Amazon Alexa, Nuance and Voicebox Technologies, the AGL Speech Expert Group is developing open APIs to voice-enable every application in the vehicle

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2018Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, today announced the launch of two new Expert Groups (EG) focused on Speech Recognition and Vehicle-to-Cloud (V2C) connectivity.

“Our goal is to voice-enable every application in the vehicle, but the challenge today is that developers have to manually integrate with each automaker’s preferred speech recognition engine,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at The Linux Foundation. “We plan to provide a standard set of open APIs that allows developers to write their application only once, and it will work on any system from any automaker using AGL, regardless of the underlying speech recognition technology. We believe this is the first time such standardization is being implemented in the industry, and this will greatly reduce fragmentation and create an ecosystem of speech-enabled apps for the vehicle.”

Led by Amazon Alexa, Nuance Communications and Voicebox Technologies, the Speech EG will also provide guidance for supporting technologies including natural language, grammar development tools, on-board vs cloud based speech, and signal processing for noise reduction and echo cancellation.

“This working group has a tremendous opportunity to move in-car voice technology forward in ways that will delight customers,” said John Scumniotales, Director of Products, Amazon Alexa Automotive. “We envision that customers will have a voice service like Alexa with them throughout their day, with continuity between their home and their car. Making it simpler for automakers to implement voice services is a big step toward this vision – we’re excited to join this working group and innovate on new ways to improve the voice experience for customers.”

“We are proud to be a founding member of the Speech Expert Group and fully share in the mission of creating a standardized set of speech recognition APIs,” said Eric Montague, Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Strategy, Automotive Speech, Nuance Communications, Inc. “Our Dragon Drive automotive platform powers more than 200 million cars on the road today across more than 40 languages, creating conversational experiences for major automakers worldwide. We look forward to bringing this expertise to the Group and working together to make the future of automotive speech interfaces a reality.”

“Voicebox is proud to participate in AGL’s Speech Expert Group. Our 15 years of experience in developing embedded, cloud, and third party speech solutions for customers like Toyota, Subaru, AT&T, Renault, and Mazda, will be an asset as we work within AGL to develop standardized speech APIs,” said Sam Menaker, Senior Vice President of Customer Engineering, Voicebox Technologies. “In addition to our Speech API work, Voicebox will work with AGL on developing Natural Language Understanding (NLU) APIs and toolchains to support the next generation of Speech and NLU scenarios, ensuring that automakers using AGL stay ahead of the game.”

AGL has also launched a Vehicle-to-Cloud EG that is exploring use cases such as telematics, personalization, authentication and authorization. Led by ForgeRock, the V2C EG will be responsible for implementing the reference architecture and services such as IoT protocols for connecting the vehicle to the cloud, connected car features, over-the-air upgrades, remote vehicle interactions, identity management and location-based services.

“The automotive industry’s evolution to a service-driven, smart mobility ecosystem is transforming focus from vehicle unit sales to personalized mobility experiences that will depend on cloud connectivity and a new wave of connected sensor data,” said Ashley Stevenson, Identity Technology Director, ForgeRock. “By leveraging the knowledge and experience of its diverse member roster, the AGL Vehicle-to-Cloud expert group is well positioned to help address the growing need for connected vehicles to communicate and relay sensor data with a wide variety of cloud services using secure, privacy-enhancing and standardized methods.”

Initial meetings for the Speech EG and V2C EG have already kicked off and discussions continued during the bi-annual AGL All Member Meeting (AMM) held February 20-21 in Tokyo. The AMM brings the AGL community together to learn about the latest developments, share best practices and collaborate to drive rapid innovation across the industry.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies 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 addressing 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 hosted at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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 industry 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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More than 600 open source professionals, developers and operators will convene in Tokyo this year to collaborate, share information, and learn at Open Source Summit Japan. The technical conference will cover the latest in open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing, software-defined networking, and more.

This year Open Source Summit Japan will also be co-located with Automotive Linux Summit, to be held May 31 – June 2 at the Tokyo Conference Center.  Automotive Linux Summit gathers the most innovative minds from the automotive arena including automotive systems engineers, Linux experts, R&D managers, business executives, open source licensing and compliance specialists and community developers. The event connects the developer community with the vendors and users providing and using the code in order to drive the future of embedded devices in automotive.  

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This week in open source news, Automotive Grade Linux is evidence of the auto industry merging with tech entirely, Hitachi steps up its open source game, and more! Read on to catch up on this busy week in OSS tech news. 

1) “Whether the car companies like it or not their industry is becoming a tech industry” writes Rob Enderle in a summary of a recent meeting with Dan Cauchy of Automotive Grade Linux.

Why Car Companies Need to Become Tech Companies– CIO

2) Hitachi increases its Linux Foundation participation. The company is also a member of many of the foundation’s projects including Automotive Grade Linux, Civil Infrastructure Platform, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Core Infrastructure Initiative, Hyperledger, and OpenDaylight.

Hitachi Steps Up Open Source Game With Linux Foundation– Data Economy

3) “Microsoft Azure customers looking for another Linux operating system (OS) option for their cloud workloads have another alternative to weigh this week.”

Intel’s Cloud-Friendly Clear Linux Hits Microsoft Azure– eWeek

4) Arpit Joshipura, new new general manager for networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation, discusses where OSS networking needs to be taken.

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation– SDxCentral