SOURCE: Automotive Grade Linux

Automotive Grade Linux

June 07, 2016 08:01 ET

Automotive Grade Linux Membership Growth Expands to Europe and Globally

bright box, Continental, ForgeRock, Hyundai MOBIS, Toshiba and Ubiquitous Widen the Global Reach of Automotive Grade Linux

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 07, 2016) - Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, today announced that bright box, Continental, ForgeRock, Hyundai MOBIS, Toshiba and Ubiquitous have joined The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux.

"Our goal is to bring companies from diverse backgrounds and regions together to build an open platform that will drive rapid innovation across the entire automotive industry," said Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive at The Linux Foundation. "These new members join us from across Europe, Asia and the United States, and will help us continue to develop a global ecosystem for the connected car. We are excited to welcome these members into the AGL community and look forward to our joint collaboration."

Automotive Grade Linux will participate in Automotive Linux Summit (ALS) on July 13-14, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. ALS gathers the most innovative minds from automotive expertise and open-source excellence, including automotive systems engineers, Linux experts, R&D managers, business executives, open-source licensing and compliance specialists and community developers. The event will feature top-notch speaking talent from across the globe including keynotes from Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, DENSO Corporation and The Linux Foundation, innovative and abundant program content and a wide variety of opportunities to connect with peers. The full schedule is available here.

As a "code first" organization, AGL announced a new AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution built specifically for the automotive industry earlier this year. This new Linux distribution is built from the ground up to address automotive specific applications and is in a unique position to become the de facto standard for the industry. Ideal for deploying navigation, communications, safety, security and infotainment functionality, the AGL UCB distribution is supported by a broad community of participants from the automotive, communications and semiconductor industries, as well as individual developers.

About the new members:
bright box
bright box LLC is a European corporation that is specialized in solutions and platforms in the connected car sector. Its headquarters are in Vienna and the developers work primarily in Eastern Europe. The bright box management team has many years of experience with software systems in the automotive sector. Our connected customers are Nissan, KIA and Infiniti.

"As a company, we are focused on how consumers, OEMs and dealerships can better interact with their vehicles remotely," said Ivan Mishanin, CEO at bright box. "We look forward to working with Automotive Grade Linux to incorporate these capabilities into the platform and further improve the ecosystem."

Continental
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of EUR 39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 212,000 people in 55 countries.

Information management in and beyond the vehicle is at the very heart of the Interior division. The product portfolio for different types of vehicles includes: instrument clusters, multifunctional and head-up displays, control units, access control and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices, control panels, climate control units, software, cockpits as well as services and solutions for telematics and Intelligent Transportation Systems. The Interior division employs more than 40,000 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately EUR 8.2 billion in 2015.

"The increasing digitalization of the vehicle opens many exciting opportunities for new functions, products and solutions. This means a significant paradigm shift for the automobile industry -- connected software solutions and platforms are the key for new mobility services," said Carsten Weiss, Director Systems and Platforms within the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit at Continental. "We look forward to collaborating with Automotive Grade Linux to build a platform that will ultimately enable a more intelligent, efficient and comfortable driving experience on our way towards automated driving."

ForgeRock
The ForgeRock Identity Platform™ transforms the way millions of customers and citizens interact with businesses and governments online, providing better security, building relationships, and enabling new cloud, mobile, and IoT offerings from any device or connected thing. ForgeRock serves hundreds of brands like Morningstar, Vodafone, GEICO, TomTom, and Pearson, as well as governments like Norway, Canada, and Belgium, among many others. Headquartered in San Francisco, ForgeRock has offices in London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Bristol, Grenoble, Oslo, Sydney, and Vancouver, Washington.

"The vehicle is one of the largest devices connected to the Internet of Things, which presents a lot of opportunities for personalization as well as security challenges," said Lasse Andresen, Co-Founder and CTO at ForgeRock. "Working with Automotive Grade Linux, we hope to help build a secure platform for the entire industry."

Hyundai MOBIS
As an automotive parts company founded in 1977, Hyundai MOBIS produces and supplies products such as automotive modules, core automotive parts and after-sales parts, and has been recently ranked sixth among global automotive parts suppliers. Aiming at creating value for the safety and happiness of customers, Hyundai MOBIS is increasing its influence in the automotive parts industry through superior quality and technology.

Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future," Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

"We are very excited to collaborate with Automotive Grade Linux to develop a flexible platform that can adapt to support new automotive technologies," said Shun Egusa, Executive Vice President Automotive & Battery Systems, Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Company, Toshiba Corporation. "Our solutions can help ensure that all automakers can provide an exceptional level of connectivity and functionality in vehicles with next-generation infotainment systems."

Ubiquitous Corporation
Ubiquitous Corporation is not only a leading Embedded Software provider, but also a solution provider for Connected Cars and Homes. Ubiquitous provides a fast boot solution called "Ubiquitous QuickBoot" for IVI based on Linux especially.

"As infotainment systems become increasingly feature rich and complex, the time drivers must wait to use their device after starting the car has become an issue," said Masahiro Sano, President at Ubiquitous Corporation. "We are excited to work with Automotive Grade Linux to develop a next-generation infotainment solution that will provide a seamless experience for consumers."

More than thirty new companies have joined AGL in the past year, bringing the member total to more than 70. Ford, 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, DENSO, Fujitsu Ten, HARMAN, Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DATA MSE, Panasonic, Pioneer, 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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