Volkswagen joins Automotive Grade Linux and Linux Foundation

April 08, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen joins Automotive Grade Linux and Linux Foundation
With VW's accession to Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and the Linux Foundation, another major vehicle manufacturer is committed to more openness in software development.

AGL is a cross-sector consortium developing an open platform for the networked vehicle. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organization that regards the open source idea as enabler for mass innovations and promotes it accordingly.

The open source project AGL of the Linux Foundation will, according to its authors, change the way automobile manufacturers develop software. Currently, more than 140 members are working together on a common platform that will serve as a de facto industry standard. The introduction of an open platform across the industry will enable automotive manufacturers and suppliers to use a common code base and reuse software. It follows the principle that developers develop a product once, which can then be used by several car manufacturers. This reduces development costs, shortens the time-to-market for new products and reduces fragmentation within the industry.

"The automotive industry is undergoing the digital transition. That's why OEMs and suppliers are increasingly turning to open source solutions such as the AGL platform to drive innovation and bring products to market faster," says Dan Cauchy, executive director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. Members of the AGL project include carmakers Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz. From the chip manufacturing industry, Arm, Renesas, NXP, Intel and Qualcomm are on the membership list. 

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