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Your car is about to go open source

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 10, 2013
Automakers want to standardise on a Linux-based OS that would make vehicle infotainment systems act more like smartphones

"Spotify is a prime example," Hansson said. "You want to be able to control it through your IVI like any other audio source, but to also be able to perform searches and use your existing playlists easily."

Once an industry standard open-source IVI is created, work can begin in earnest on developing the user interfaces for any number of mobile apps already available.

For example, a navigation system could be integrated with a driver's email account. With that type of setup, a salesperson traveling to a meeting could, for example, be notified to expect delays because of heavy traffic. And at the same time, someone the salesperson wanted to talk to at the meeting would get the same notification.

"My car knows about my location and it has my calendar from my email," Streif said. "So, you're combining the information. It could even suggest parking lots where spaces are open."

Reaktor's concept design for a user interface to Spotify via a Linux-based IVI.


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