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Automotive Grade Linux

November 19, 2014 08:00 ET

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Linaro and OpenSynergy Join Automotive Grade Linux

Forty-Six Member Companies Now Collaborating to Develop an Open Automotive Platform for the Connected Car

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2014) - Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, today announced that JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Linaro and OpenSynergy are joining The Linux Foundation and AGL to collaborate on the creation of an open automotive reference platform to accelerate rapid innovation and delivery of the connected car experience.

As the automotive industry evolves to embrace a new level of connectivity in the vehicle, the need for an open reference framework to enable rapid innovation is needed. AGL members are committed to the goal of developing a common and open automotive platform for OEMs and suppliers to utilize, contribute to and build commercial products and technologies upon.

"Our goal is to create a platform that the entire industry can use as a basis for delivering a connected car experience to consumers," said Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive, The Linux Foundation. "Having a common automotive platform means that OEMs and suppliers are starting with a proven foundation on which they can build their own experience. We are thrilled to see such a diversity of new members joining who represent an even broader range of perspectives on automotive software innovation."

About the newest Automotive Grade Linux members:

JVC KENWOOD Corporation develops and manufactures products and services for the car electronics, professional systems, home and mobile electronics, and entertainment businesses. Headquartered in Yokohoma, Japan, JVC KENWOOD Corporation addresses a variety of global markets in which open source plays a pivotal role.

"Bringing open source to the automobile is a natural step that will help to revolutionize the industry in the same way Linux has spurred innovation in other industries," said YOSHIO SONODA, General Manager, JVC KENWOOD Corporation. "AGL provides us with a neutral place to collaborate with the entire ecosystem to create a common platform for the car of the future."

Linaro Limited is a collaborative engineering organization with more than 200 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, and other software infrastructure. Representing the world's leading technology companies, Linaro's engineer members are defining the future of Linux on ARM. Linaro is distribution neutral: its goal is to provide the best software foundations to everyone, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low-level fragmentation.

"The automotive industry needs an open platform for the connected car to increase innovation throughout the entire supply chain for the benefit of drivers and passengers," said David Rusling, Linaro CTO. "We look forward to working with AGL to help avoid fragmentation and accelerate the availability of an open, common automotive platform."

OpenSynergy specializes in the development of embedded automotive systems and provides a standards-based software platform called COQOS. The platform contains the necessary components to save time creating telematics or infotainment systems based on Android and Linux while satisfying automotive-specific requirements for connectivity, driver assistance, safety and security.

"AGL is a community-led open source framework that will accelerate adoption and foster new and rapid innovation in the connected car experience," said Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut, General Manager of OpenSynergy. "We look forward to contributing to this important project and helping the auto industry reap the benefits of open and collaborative software development."

The AGL open source community consists of almost 50 developers working across company lines on an open, common automotive platform that can be used by any manufacturer or supplier to advance industry innovation. They recently made available their first software release. AGL builds on top of Tizen IVI and adds key applications developed in HTML5 and JavaScript into a single open source reference platform. Open collaboration within the AGL community means support for multi-architectures and features to bolster the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) experience.

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 a common 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: http://automotive.linuxfoundation.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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