The Future OS For Cars — is Linux: Automotive Grade Linux


The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project is spear-headed by Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. It’s purpose is to upgrade how open source technologie are used in automobiles. The members of the AGL project include a handful of big names from automobile industries including Toyota, Panasonic, Mazda, Jaguar Land Rover, Subaru, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Honda.

The member count of the AGL projct has increased to 70 as over 30 new organizations have joined in the project within the last year. The AGL platform is available to anybody who can take part in its development.

The initiative recently announced the release of Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base (UCB) 2.0, which is a joint effort made by suppliers and OEMs. Right now it is being developed as a de facto In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) platform for the automobile industry.

The latest version offers brand new features like audio routing and rear seat display. It has also come at a god time; when the automobile industry is working an open mind for innovation.

With the AGL 2.0, developers can create and test any app that has been accepted universally by different automakers.

Check out the new features in Automotive Grade Linux UCB 2.0 below:

  • New build environment with faster server
  • Audio routing and mixing for a streamlined audio management
  • Tons of new hardware support, including Raspberry Pi and other board
  • ConnMan network management for Bluetooth and WiFi functions
  • Vehicle bus messaging for improved security
  • Rear seat display and video playback
  • Application framework to manage applications efficiently
  • New test infrastructure for testing from anywhere in the world

Automakers will allegedly begin adopting AGL’s 3.0 release for implementation in their products as it has been slated to arrive in January 2017.

You can download the Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base 2.0 from here. Don’t forget to subscribe for more Ubuntu related stories and guides.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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