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Automotive Grade Linux Continues Rapid Growth

By February 13, 2017April 13th, 2017Announcements

AGL passes 90 members with the addition of ARM, DrimAES, Elektrobit, RealVNC, Telenav and Tuxera

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2017 – Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, today announced that six new members have joined Automotive Grade Linux and The Linux Foundation. DrimAES joins AGL at the Silver level while ARM, Elektrobit, RealVNC, Telenav and Tuxera join AGL at the Bronze level.

“We saw a 60% membership growth in 2016, and we expect that momentum to continue in 2017,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux. “Our new members represent a wide group of skills and expertise, from location-based services to digital storage, which will be valuable as we continue to enhance our UCB infotainment platform and expand into other automotive applications like telematics and instrument cluster.”

AGL has reached several major milestones over the past couple of months. With these six new members, and the recent announcements of Suzuki and Daimler earlier this year, AGL now has 90+ members including ten OEMs. AGL also recently announced the third release of the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution 3.0, which was on display at CES 2017.

New Member Quotes:


“We believe common software architectures are essential to enable carmakers and suppliers to rapidly innovate,” said Richard York, vice president of embedded marketing, ARM. “Around 90 percent of infotainment systems are built using ARM®-based technology. By supporting Automotive Grade Linux, we contribute to the ecosystem of OEMs and system integrators that build these efficient systems, enabling them to take full advantage of shared software across the industry.”


“We are delighted to join Automotive Grade Linux and help develop a shared software platform for the industry,” said Guktae Kim, CEO of DrimAES. “We believe the in-car experience should be as intuitive as a smartphone, which is why we are developing new embedded solutions with an advanced user interface (UI) based on AGL that we look forward to sharing with the community.”


“We look forward to working with Automotive Grade Linux to provide new opportunities for the connected car,” said Martin Schleicher, executive vice president strategy and partnerships at Elektrobit. “Our software solutions and knowledge of connected car infrastructure and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will enable AGL to evolve the next generation vehicle architecture, incorporate over-the-air (OTA) updates, integrated cockpit solutions, telematics and ADAS.”


“We provide the vehicle connectivity solutions that are essential for enabling drivers and passengers to stay connected and monitor their vehicles while on the road,” said Tom Blackie, VP of Automotive at RealVNC. “As long standing advocates of open standards, we look forward to contributing our telematics and connectivity expertise to Automotive Grade Linux so that the broader automotive ecosystem will be able to seamlessly integrate remote access and control.”


“We are very excited to collaborate with Automotive Grade Linux and explore new applications for OpenStreetCam, our open platform for street-level imagery,” said Philipp Kandal, VP of Engineering and OSM at Telenav. “As a leading provider of location-based platform services, we also hope to apply our expertise to the AGL infotainment platform to provide all automakers with a robust navigation experience.”


“Cars are quickly becoming powerhouse producers of big data, and it’s important to have high-quality, reliable software to store, process and turn that data into valuable information,” said Szabolcs Szakacsits, President & CTO at Tuxera. “Collaborating with Automotive Grade Linux will enable us to ensure that car makers can store critical consumer and vehicle data safely.”

The full list of AGL members is available here.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technologies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable rapid development of new features and technologies. Although initially focused on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), AGL is the only organization planning to address all software in the vehicle, including instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Learn more:

Automotive Grade Linux 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.

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