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Trevor Collett | Jul, 05 2014 | 0 Comments

A common, Linux-based software platform for the ‘connected car’ is one step closer, with the release of Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) this week.

AGL claims to be the industry’s only ‘fully open’ automotive platform, allowing carmakers to use a standardised single base upon which to build their own user experiences.

By moving towards a singular platform, AGL hopes to promote rapid development of “safe and reliable” in-car multimedia technology.

“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,” The Linux Foundation’s Dan Cauchy said.

“This AGL release is a great step forward, and the community is already looking to build on its work to address a number of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases. With AGL at the core, the industry will be able to more rapidly innovate and evolve to meet customer needs.”

AGL says it has built on top of the Tizen in-vehicle infotainment experience, adding key applications developed in HTML5 and JavaScript into a single open source reference platform.

Among the early developments for the new platform are a home screen, Google Maps screen, media playback and Bluetooth.

“Collaborating within the AGL community helps the industry avoid fragmentation that can waste time and R&D resources that could be put to better use innovating on safety and reliability for drivers,” Linux’s Rudolf Strief added.

AGL is free to download, and the foundation says anyone can participate in the open source community.

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