Automotive Grade Linux group gains momentum

June 08, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Stop the software confusion under the bonnet: With this goal, a group of OEMs and suppliers led by Mazda, Toyota and chipmaker Renesas came together and launched the Automotive Grade Linux working group. Now also automotive tier ones Continental and Hyundai MOBIS as well as chipmaker Toshiba have joined in, giving additional momentum to the group.

“Our goal is to bring companies from diverse backgrounds and regions together to build an open platform that will drive rapid innovation across the entire automotive industry,” said Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive at The Linux Foundation. “These new members join us from across Europe, Asia and the United States, and will help us continue to develop a global ecosystem for the connected car. We are excited to welcome these members into the AGL community and look forward to our joint collaboration.”


Besides the abovementioned companies, other players active in the area of automotive-related data services and telematics recently have joined the working group. These include Austrian telematics software company bright box, Californian identity management software provider ForgeRock and Tokyo-based embedded software company Ubiquitous.


bright box LLC  is a Vienna, Austria based corporation specialized in solutions and platforms in the connected car sector; customers include Nissan, KIA and Infiniti.


Continental, one of the largest tier one suppliers to the automotive industy, develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. Information management in and beyond the vehicle is at the heart of Continental’s Interior division. The product portfolio for different types of vehicles includes instrument clusters, multifunctional and head-up displays, control units, access control and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices, control panels, climate control units, software, cockpits as well as services and solutions for telematics and Intelligent Transportation Systems.


The ForgeRock Identity Platform transforms the way millions of customers and citizens interact with businesses and governments online, providing security, building relationships, and enabling new cloud, mobile, and IoT offerings from any device or connected thing.

“The vehicle is one of the largest devices connected to the Internet of Things, which presents a lot of opportunities for personalization as well as security challenges,” said Lasse Andresen, Co-Founder and CTO at ForgeRock. “Working with Automotive Grade Linux, we hope to help build a secure