Six U.S. companies boost connected car technology by joining The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux project

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, announced Tuesday that Movimento, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Texas Instruments, UIEvolution and VeriSilicon have joined Automotive Grade Linux. Additionally, it was announced that Movimento, UIEvolution and VeriSilicon have also joined The Linux Foundation.

The new members to the AGL follow February’s new entrants of Collabora, HI Corporation, MediaTek and Witz Corporation. These new AGL members are helping to advance open collaboration and automotive software development for the cars of the future.

Thirty new companies have joined AGL in the past year, bringing the member total to more than 70. Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota are among the first carmakers to participate in the AGL collaborative project. Other members include Aisin AW, Codethink, DENSO, Fujitsu Ten, HARMAN, Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DATA MSE, Panasonic, Pioneer, Renesas Electronics and Wind River.

AGL is a collaborative project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

AGL announced in January new AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution built specifically for the automotive industry. This new Linux distribution is built from the ground up to address automotive specific applications and is in a unique position to become the de facto standard for the industry. Ideal for deploying navigation, communications, safety, security and infotainment functionality, the AGL UCB distribution is supported by a broad community of participants from the automotive, communications and semiconductor industries, as well as individual developers.

Devoted to developing advanced technologies that help realize the Software-Defined Car, Movimento Group adapts its  automotive reflash services and its innovations in over-the-air (OTA) software. The company’s car manufacturer customers include GM, FCA and Volvo, apart from a range of Tier-1 suppliers including ZF, Bosch, Denso, Panasonic, Continental, Delphi, Visteon, Magna and others.

“Movimento brings cutting-edge Silicon Valley technology to the automotive industry as we enable the era of the Software-Defined Car,” said Mahbubul Alam, CTO and CMO at Movimento Group. “Our strategic partnership with Automotive Grade Linux will speed up innovation and allow us to broaden the automotive ecosystem.”

Oracle solutions help automotive OEMs and suppliers to accelerate innovation and time to market, which can lead to increased sales and enduring brand loyalty.

“Oracle is pleased to join the Automotive Grade Linux project,” said Jim Wright, Chief Architect for Open Source Policy and Strategy, Oracle. “Oracle works closely with customers in the automotive sector. The open, standards-based approach of AGL can enhance our ability to timely deliver solutions to a community we are deeply invested in.”

Qualcomm Innovation Center QuIC, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, is focused on enabling and optimizing open source software for use with technology such as Qualcomm Technologies’ robust and scalable automotive portfolio, with integrated and discrete solutions ranging from telematics and connectivity to graphics and multimedia, machine intelligence and sensor fusion for ADAS applications, GNSS location technologies, V2X communications and wireless electric vehicle charging technology.

“The automotive industry is enjoying an unprecedented rate of innovation, fueled by a large number of connectivity and compute technologies coming together into the car,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president for product management at Qualcomm. “Automotive Grade Linux will help car manufacturers take advantage of these technologies, accelerating the development of the cutting-edge, in-car experiences drivers demand today.”

TI’s semiconductor products allow manufacturers and system suppliers to deliver world-class features to the automotive market. The company’s extensive automotive portfolio includes power management, interface and analog signal chain solutions, along with DLP displays, ADAS and infotainment processors, Hercules TMS570 safety microcontrollers and wireless connectivity solutions. TI offers SafeTI ICs designed to facilitate OEMs’ compliance with the requirements of ISO 26262, as well as parts specifically designated as compliant with the AEC-Q100 and TS16949 standards, all with excellent product documentation.

“By deploying the Automotive Grade Linux project, we are enhancing the scalability of our infotainment portfolio and enabling our customers to accelerate their deployment of highly-innovative applications to create a more enjoyable and safer driving experience in the next-generation connected car,” said Curt Moore, Automotive Processors general manager, TI.

UIEvolution was founded to create immersive experiences that inform, entertain and engage. UIEvolution works across automotive, hospitality and retail sectors. Within the automotive space, UIEvolution provides a complete, connected car solution that integrates connectivity, data and applications enabling automakers to deliver customized, cross-screen and cross-platform experiences that personalize the in-car experience for their customers.

“We are pleased to join Automotive Grade Linux,” said Koji Hosaka, president of UIEvolution Japan & GM of the Automotive business unit. “We look forward to integrating with Linux to continue our commitment to open source computing, and build the next generation of automotive technology experiences for automakers and customers that prioritize the user’s experience.”

VeriSilicon is a Silicon Platform as a Service (SiPaaS) company that provides IP-centric, platform based custom silicon solutions and end-to-end semiconductor turnkey services for a wide range of applications across a wide variety of end markets including mobile internet devices, datacenters, the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable electronics, smart homes, and automotive.

“Embracing open source and working with Automotive Grade Linux will help us further expand our solutions for automotive which are widely adopted in production and next generation automotive Instrument Cluster, ADAS and Infotainment platforms,” said Wei-Jin Dai, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intellectual Property Division, and Chief Strategy Officer at VeriSilicon Holdings. “We applaud the momentum the AGL community has generated by bringing together the leading automotive OEMs and the supply chain to develop automotive solutions that improve functional safety, enhance security, shorten product development cycles and enhance quality across the automotive supply chain.”

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