GENIVI Alliance choose MeeGo for IVI reference

Published by Rafe Blandford at 15:01 UTC, July 23rd 2010

The Linux Foundation today announced that the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance aimed at driving the adoption on an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, has chosen the MeeGo platform as the basis for their next reference release. MeeGo will provide the base for the GENIVI Alliance's upcoming Apollo release, which aims to reduce the time to market and cost of IVI development. This announcement significantly strengthens the credibility of MeeGo's IVI ambitions.

IVI Systems

IVI systems are a category of devices that take in almost any digital application or service that can be used in a car. IVI system's are effectively human facing computers designed to be used in the car to power a variety of services and applications.

These might include navigation and other location based services, in-car monitoring (e.g. vehicle health checks and system status), connection to other devices (e.g. mobile phones), car networks, and entertainment services including both video (e.g. rear seat video systems) and audio (e.g. music, radio, Internet radio) systems.

To get an idea of what might be possible it is worth appreciating that, in addition to driver-centric use cases, IVIs may also take on a role similar to the advanced seat back video and entertainment systems found in long haul aeroplanes.

GENIVI Alliance

The GENIVI Alliance, which was established last year, has a wide membership from across the automotive and technology industries. Charter members include ARM, BMW Group, Delphi, GM, Intel, Magneti Marelli, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Visteon and Xse. Core members include Alpine, Continental. Freescale, Hyunai, Nokia, Renault, Renesas, Sirius Satellite Radio, Texas Instruments and others. Associate members include Nissan, Pioneer, Samsung, Tata and many more.

The GENIVI Alliance is looking to provide an open source IVI reference platform by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations and offering certification programs. The reference platform is planned to consist of linux-based core services, middleware and open application layer interfaces.

The GENIVI Alliance had previously stated that it intended to use Moblin as the basis of its reference implementation. As such this announcement is a logical step forward, given the merger of Moblin and Maemo to form MeeGo.

Endorsing statements

It is clear that MeeGo provides a good match for the GENIVI Alliance's requirements, most notably in its cross device, technology agnostic and co-operative approach. This is reflected in the endorsement statements provided in the press release:

Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation said:

"We are pleased to see GENIVI choose MeeGo to power their software platform. MeeGo has been built from the ground up for these types of applications. Because MeeGo is a truly open platform, the work GENIVI will do to extend the platform can benefit the project and all who use it. For developers, this is a great opportunity to harness the power of the MeeGo APIs to target a variety of devices and architectures and extend their work on handset applications toward vehicles."

Graham Smethurst, president of GENIVI, said:

"We selected MeeGo as the open source basis for our platform because it is technically innovative and can provide the cross architecture build support we require for our references. Working with MeeGo we expect to establish a solution that effectively merges IVI needs with those of the other MeeGo target device categories."

 Gerulf Kinkelin, GENIVI director and Innovation Area manager for Electronics and Telematices, PSA Peugeot Citroen said:

"Access to a thriving ecosystem and engaging applications for an in-vehicle infotainment system is vital to our customers. PSA supports GENIVI’s decision and believes the rapid innovation associated with open source and a rich network of contributors available with MeeGo can enable us to define and deliver a faster time-to-market, outstanding IVI experience in our upcoming products."



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