AGL Hopes To Make Linux The Standard In Automotive OS

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Automotive Grade Linux is in the process of building out an open source platform for connected car technologies.

To understand what AGL hopes to build, let’s get a little background. An operating system manages all the software on a computer. Released in September 1991, Linux is the first and largest open source operating system. What this means is that the code can be modified and shared because the design is publicly accessible. For example, while PC’s can use this system, Apple products don’t; its code is closed and proprietary.

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An open source project at the Linux Foundation, AGL caters to the transportation industry. Designed specifically for the automotive industry, it was built from the ground up with Linux at its core. AGL can provide a dedicated and global ecosystem for manufacturers, suppliers and tech companies to share developments for all technology in the vehicle, including infotainment, telematics, instrument clusters, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. While there are other players who offer ecosystems, AGL sets itself apart because it’s addressing all the software in the vehicle.

Using a collaborative system such as AGL will avoid fragmentation of information, enabling products to reach the market more quickly and eliminating wait times for build and test cycles. In addition, AGL will make life easier for developers and application providers to code once rather than having to tweak apps for a lot of different operating systems.

AGL hopes its system will become the industry standard. It looks to be progressing in the right direction. AGL received another vote of confidence with CloudBees,, FPT Software, and Github getting on board.

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