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Automotive Grade Linux Hits the Road

By eWeek

July 1, 2014

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Car vendors have an open source platform for building embedded applications and features in Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative project between the Linux Foundation and 32 partners, including automakers and tech firms.

AGL's first release is now available, and AGL is built on the open source Tizen Linux project and provides additional HTML5- and JavaScript-based applications.

AGL's key features include media playback, dashboard, Bluetooth phone, and news reader capabilities. For example, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) module controls a car's HVAC functions by sending commands to the Controller Area Network bus and retrieving the actual temperature. Software makers have the opportunity to write apps that will run across all compliant AGL implementations.

"The great thing about AGL is that anyone can have a seat at the table to create and change the platform at its source," says the Linux Foundation's Dan Cauchy. He notes the focus for the rest of the year will be to build a fully functional reference implementation for an in-vehicle infotainment system that is backed by a comprehensive specification and requirements.

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