Open source automotive software connects iOS devices to Linux IVI systems

May 29, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
Wind River has launched a version of Linux allows consumers to connect their iOS devices to Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Linux enables the car’s IVI unit to act like an accessory to view and play content from an iOS device docked into the vehicle. After connecting to a consumer’s iOS device via Wind River software, the IVI unit can play multimedia content such as music and videos, and the car steering wheel can be used as a remote control. A wide variety of devices are supported, including iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod, and iPod nano.
Consumers increasingly desire the integration of familiar consumer electronics, such as today’s popular iOS devices, wherever they go. Recent research from J.D. Power & Associates indicates that the number one technology sought by consumers in new cars is the ability to link their smartphones to the car.
“Consumers are incorporating personal devices into every facet of their lives; it is already happening in the automobile. In order to stay in step with the rapidly changing auto industry and its increasing adoption of open source technologies, companies must support a growing variety of devices and provide richer consumer electronics experiences while also upholding automotive requirements that protect against driver distraction,” said Georg Doll, vice president of automotive solutions at Wind River. “Drawing from decades of automotive and embedded technologies and open source expertise, we can help customers meet the demands of the market, no matter how complex, while keeping to their development schedules and budget.”
The new software further expands existing Wind River iOS connectivity offerings, including Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Android, which allows Android-based IVI systems to view and play content from iOS devices.
The Wind River automotive portfolio also includes Wind River Platform for Infotainment, an IVI platform based on the Yocto Project open source development infrastructure, as well as GENIVI, Android, Tizen IVI, and VxWorks; tools such as Wind River Diab Compiler; and virtualization and hypervisor technologies.