Linux Foundation announces open source in-car infotainment platform

By Jos
Jul 3, 2014
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  1. As tech giants Google, Apple and Microsoft all look to smarten up your car's dashboard and entertainment system, the Linux Foundation has stepped into the scene with its own customizable, open-source alternative. Dubbed Automotive Grade Linux, this open software stack...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Dunno about you but that UI looks beatiful...
    Jad Chaar, at0mic_Mike and ikesmasher like this.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    id gladly have that on my dash any day of the week.
  4. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 83   +29

    Too bad it's completely non-functional and non-ergonomic. Practically useless in a car. You'd have to have a display of the size of your windshield to actually be able to read all the information that's displayed on these mockups, and to be able to control it with touch gestures. Also, it barely has any contrast, which makes reading even more harder.

    All in all a typical Linux/OSS phenomenon. Products created and designed not for real world use, but for the sake of creation itself, and for the ability to tell that "I can do that, too". No, Linux, you can't.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,347   +1,943

    It looks complicated. I wouldn't want to be reading that while I'm driving, hell I even struggle to find the radio volume button in my car at times and that's on the steering wheel.
  6. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    They are just showing their flavor of infotainment. Besides its gonna be common to have 13 inch screens in the car. I think its a cool thing. I think I will be playing with this thing. Since it is opensource you should be able to adjust it to your own taste and even create useful stuff. I think its not ment to be functional and ergonomic. Creating open source environments for people to play in creates the opportunity for innovation to take place.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,169

    While interesting, I cringe at the day where this will be a commonplace technology for ordinary cars. While conceptually appealing, all of the added gadgets, gizmos, and software packages being piled into cars is making them a nightmare to rely upon and maintain. In anything short of a Ferrari, Porsche, S-Class, or similarly over-engineered go cart, this just means more trouble for anyone who doesn't change vehicles every two years.
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Looks like they rushed some of it tbh but looks amazing non-the-less
  9. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    If only I could flash a new OS onto my Pioneer AVH-x2600BT... I would try this out, but I would really like to put Android on it, honestly. So many OBD-II options in a few apps I could use, if I had the $100+ for the CD-ML100 "mirrorlink" addon. If I could flash the OS, I wouldn't need the CD-ML100.
  10. Perhaps it can use the Leap Motion for gestures?
  11. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 624   +147

    Here just let me type in a ridiculously long command line while I am texting. It's safe. Good Luck to them !
  12. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 624   +147

    Actually there is to much crap on the dash as it is. It isn't safe. A study will be done and I will be backed up
  13. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Cars will start driving autonomously within 5 years here in europ. In 2015 Volvo has planned to deliver the first cars to the costumer in the Netherlands that can drive autonomously already. Withing 5 to 10 years you will be using the dashboard for reading the newspaper instead of looking to the windscreen.
  14. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 624   +147

    Won't that be fun
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah it does look a bit crowded. Hopefully it will be cleaned up.
  16. Adam Elteto

    Adam Elteto TS Rookie

    You do understand that a lot of embedded devices are based on Linux kernel, right? In addition, so is Android, which has applications for interfacing with vehicle computers. So yes, Linux can. It comes down entirely to what developers build on top of the kernel.
  17. Mr Majestyk

    Mr Majestyk TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +10

    Great news. We don't want or need proprietary software solutions for cars. Stupid things like Mercedes signing up Apple, when it knows majority of world uses Android, not that I want the tables reversed. I don't want Google powering anything either.
  18. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    It's hard enough sharing the same road with people who are more focused on their phones than their driving. This would only make things worse. When an autonomous vehicle and reliably and safely transport you from point A to B, then it'll make more sense. Until that day, it's just not safe.

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