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Automotive Grade Linux Hits the Road with Toyota

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Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that AGL is now in Toyota vehicles around the world. AGL also announced five new members, including Amazon Alexa, which joined as a Silver member.

"Having AGL in vehicles on the road globally is a significant milestone for both AGL and the automotive open source community," said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at The Linux Foundation. "Toyota has been a strong proponent of open source for years, and we believe their adoption of an AGL-based infotainment system has set a precedent that other automakers will follow."

The first AGL-based Toyota infotainment system was announced earlier this year on the 2018 Toyota Camry in the United States. The system is now in vehicles globally following Entune 3.0 in the 2018 Toyota Camry in United States.

"Adopting open source software and being actively involved in projects like AGL represents a significant part of our technology strategy," said Keiji Yamamoto, Executive Vice President, Connected Company of Toyota Motor Corporation. "The flexibility of the AGL platform has allowed us to quickly roll-out our new infotainment system to multiple vehicle models across the world."

AGL Showcase at CES 2018

At CES 2018, AGL will be demonstrating the latest version of its infotainment platform, the Unified Code Base (UCB) 5.0, in the AGL Showcase at the Venetian, Lido ballrooms 3002-3004.

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the UCB is an open source infotainment platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

The AGL Showcase will also include more than 15 AGL members demonstrating their technology and proof of concepts (PoCs) running on Automotive Grade Linux: Aisin AW, Audiokinetic, DENSO, DENSO TEN, Elektrobit, ForgeRock, Igalia, Intel, LG Silicon Valley Lab, Microchip, NTT DATA MSE, Panasonic, RealVNC, Renesas, SafeRide Technologies and Tuxera. More information about the demonstrations is available here.

AGL Welcomes Five New Members Including Amazon Alexa

Amazon has joined AGL as a Silver member. The Amazon Alexa team plans to actively contribute to and support voice recognition work for the AGL platform. Additional new members include Green Hills Software, Kernkonzept, SanCloud and SYSGO AG.

Member Quotes:

"We're delighted to support the work AGL is doing to bring in-car voice experiences to customers," said Ned Curic, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. "It's day one for Alexa in cars, and AGL's work will be instrumental in building a voice-first future for the automotive industry."

"With over a decade of deploying safe, secure embedded virtualization in mission critical systems, Green Hills Software is pleased to be contributing its expertise for automotive mixed criticality consolidation to the AGL community," said Dan Mender, VP business development, Green Hills Software. "We look forward to collaborating and applying our proven knowhow to the evolution of in-vehicle electronics consolidation for the connected cars of the future."

"Kernkonzept is actively participating in open source through our L4Re microhypervisor for security/safety-critical and virtualization-enabled applications," said Michael Hohmuth, CEO of Kernkonzept. "We joined Automotive Grade Linux to further our participation in the open source community and to help enable the AGL software stack for systems that need functional safety."

"We have a strong background in innovative custom design of hardware/software solutions and see open source as a critical piece of emerging technologies," said Marc Murphy, Director of SanCloud. "As members of AGL, we see a prominent future for the connected car ecosystem and are excited to have the opportunity to expand our automotive development platform to include support for the AGL platform."

"As member of the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), we continue to build on our heritage in Linux, use it for the growing automotive market and take part in the rapid innovation process," said Franz Walkembach, VP Marketing & Product Strategy, SYSGO AG. "Specifically, ELinOS is our commercial off-the-shelf product on Linux and works out of the box as guestOS on our PikeOS real time operating system that includes a type 1 hypervisor."


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