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Automotive Grade Linux gets support from Toyota and Amazon as it eyes autonomous driving

Automotive Grade Linux gets support from Toyota and Amazon as it eyes autonomous driving
From TechCrunch - January 10, 2018

Open-source software was once something that large businesses shied away from, but over the course of the last few years, its made inroads into virtually every enterprise company. With Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), the Linux Foundation hosts a project that aims to bring open source to the car industry. As the AGL group announced at CES in Las Vegas today, Toyota and Amazon have now signed up to support the project, as well.

Toyota, which is using AGL in the 2018 Camry, is joining as a platinum member, while Amazon opted for the silver level. Indeed, you may have seen another Toyota and Amazon mashup today, which is probably no coincidence.

With this, Toyota joins other car manufacturers like Ford, Mazda, Honda, Subaru and Suzuki, as well as suppliers like Denso, Panasonic, LG and chip industry giants like Nvidia, Intel and ARM. Overall, the foundation now has 110 member companies. With NTT Data, the organization has also recently brought on a major telecom company. Were also in discussion with a lot of the big telecom equipment providers, AGL executive director Dan Cauchy told me. You know, the Ciscos of the world and the Ericssons of the world. All of them have some kind of connected car group and they are all interested.

Until now, though, the AGL mostly focused on the infotainment stack in the car. There, it has made large strides over the last year or so and recently launched version 5.0 of the actual AGL distribution.

Toyota joining gives the product another degree of validation, and Cauchy noted that this also means that the company will evangelize AGL to its suppliers. Weve reached a point where AGL is going to be around for a long time, said Cauchy. Well be around for a couple of decadesI would think soif not longer. Because once were in these cards, its hard to come out.

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