Automotive Grade Linux Set to Take On Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

After Apple revealed the quirky CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment interface and Google responded with Android Auto, the newly unveiled Automotive Grade Link is ready to deliver open source solutions for the connected car. AGL is the industry's first fully customizable automotive platform and it provides features and apps suitable for deployment in cars.
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Based on Tizen IVI, itself based on the Linux open source operating system, AGL is a project brought to fruition by The Linux Foundation. Brainiacs from the auto industry, communications, academia and IT sectors (Samsung, Intel, Fujitsu, Jaguar-Land Rover, Hyundai, Toyota and Nissan included) have put their heads together to make Automotive Grade Link happen.

In its first release, the platform offers a few handy features. Starting with a Home Screen, AGL's first iteration boasts numerous software goodies such as Dashboard, Google Maps, HVAC, News Reader (AppCarousel), Media Player, MOST Audio Controls, Bluetooth Phone, Smart Device Link (SDL) integration. It's an Internet of Things type of solution that brings a new dimension to the connection between driver and vehicle.

But that's not the end of what Automotive Grade Linux can offer. AGL allows everyone that can handle it, from amateur programmers to automakers, to customize the platform with their own features and apps. Also, the platform is said to be way more flexible and user-friendly than BMW's iDrive and Cadillac's CUE system.

“Openness and collaboration are key to accelerating the development of a common, standard automotive platform so the industry can more quickly achieve its vision of delivering the connected car,” said Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive, The Linux Foundation. "With AGL at the core, the industry will be able to more rapidly innovate and evolve to meet customer needs.”

Rudolf Strief, director of embedded solutions for The Linux Foundation, declared that “using AGL means the industry benefits from the stability and strength of a common Linux distribution, Tizen IVI, at the core while bringing their own unique applications and functionality to market faster."
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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