Automotive Grade Linux Releases its First Open Source Software for the Connected Car

July 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first open source software from Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is now available for download. Its availability was announced by Linux Foundation at Automotive Linux Summit, in Tokyo. This new release will help the automotive industry to move further with their aim to create best connected car experience for their customers.

Linux Foundation is trying to set new standards for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), being inspired from Tizen IVI. For this purpose, Linux Foundation has initiated the AGL process in collaboration with many renowned brands from around the world.

Automotive Grade Linux is the first fully open source automotive software platform, which allows automakers to create highly customized software for their respective vehicles. According to the Linux Foundation, the single standard platform will allow developers to create innovative, safe and reliable connected car experience. Moreover, this single open source reference platform adds in apps developed in HTML5 and JavaScript.

With a number of collaborative partners, Linux seems to overtake Apple and Google’s connected car solutions. Apple Inc. has already introduced its in-car OS named CarPlay that integrates iPhone with the car and allows controlling mobile apps and features through the car. Just a few days back, Google also launched its Android Auto that will be used to connect android phones with a car for maximum convenience.

Automotive Grade Linux brings together renowned automakers and technology firms as well as independent and amateur developers, and allows them to customize the platform with their own features and apps.

In its first release, AGL offers a few basic features including Home Screen, Dashboard, Google Maps, News Reader, HVAC, Media Player, Audio Controls, Bluetooth Phone and Smart Device Link (SDL) integration. All these features give us the impression that Linux is all set to bring new dimensions by connecting drivers with their vehicles.

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