The first release of Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is out today, providing car vendors with an open-source platform on which to embed applications and features. AGL officially started in September 2012 as a collaboration project operated by the Linux Foundation and currently has 32 members, including Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Jaguar and Intel, on its roster.
"AGL is built on Tizen with folks like Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Denso, Aisin AW, Panasonic, Intel and others contributing modules to the user experience as well as their use cases and requirements," Cauchy said. "The community is also working on a comprehensive telematics and services framework for integration with other devices and the cloud."
Cauchy stressed that the key to the success of AGL is continued collaboration.
"An industry like this that's new to open source takes time to evolve, but there's a lot of momentum in the space right now," Cauchy said. "The great thing about AGL is that anyone can have a seat at the table to create and change the platform at its source."
"MontaVista and Wind River are operating system vendors," Cauchy said. "For them, AGL presents an opportunity because they can build value-added product and service offerings with it, adapt AGL to meet their customers' needs, and do things like maintain deployments with updates and upgrades."
Moving forward for the rest of 2014, Cauchy said that the focus for AGL is to build a fully functional reference implementation for an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system that is entirely backed by a comprehensive specification and requirements.
"AGL will not only open-source the entire software stack but also all of the design documents, too," Cauchy said. "This will be huge for the automotive industry."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.