Automakers are now working to standardize on a Linux-based mobile operating system.
Rudi Streif, who leads the Automotive Grade Linux workgroup for the Linux Foundation, says the use of proprietary software developed by third-party suppliers to power their infotainment systems is the main reason most of today's IVI's have limited functionality. He noted that such systems can only use proprietary car-based apps.
An open-source IVI operating system will provide a reusable platform consisting of core services, middleware and open application layer interfaces that eliminate the redundant efforts to create separate proprietary systems. And an open-source platform will let carmakers can share upgrades as they arrive.
Automakers could then focus on differentiating infotainment systems through user interfaces, which only consist of about 5% to 10% of a vehicle's IVI software.
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