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23 July 2010, 13:17

GENIVI chooses MeeGo for in-car infotainment systems

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GENIVI Logo The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting Linux, has announced that the GENIVI Alliance has selected the MeeGo software platform as the basis of their next reference release for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI). The Linux-based distribution for mobile devices is the result of the February decision to merge Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo platform under the aegis of the Linux Foundation.

The news means that the Linux-based software platform will be used to provide the in-vehicle infotainment services, such as navigation, entertainment and rear-seat entertainment, in vehicles from car companies including BMW and General Motors (GM). Discussing the announcement Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said, “We are pleased to see GENIVI choose MeeGo to power their software platform,” adding that, “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.”

According to GENIVI President Graham Smethurst, the alliance selected MeeGo because it's "technically innovative and can provide the cross architecture build support we require for our references”. GENIVI hopes to use MeeGo as the base for its upcoming GENIVI Apollo release, which is aimed at reducing time to market and the cost of IVI development. Members of the non profit industry alliance include Wind River, Hyundai, Intel, Delphi, Magneti-Marelli and Visteon.

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