The Linux foundation just announced that Meego will be the next platform to be used for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) by the GENIVI Alliance. The alliance consists of major automotive members, inclduing BMW, GM, Hyundai, Peugeot, just to name a few.
For all the IT geeks out there, and not only, Meego is a Linux based platform that will support a vast range of devices including netbooks, tablets, phones, and more. It was created last February by Intel and Nokia with the merge of their Moblin and Maemo platforms.
The Linux-based OS (Operating System) will soon be powering a wide range of vehicles, but as Engadget reports, the implementation might be further down the road.
IVI, short for In-Vehicle Infotainment, is a rapidly growing and evolving field that encompasses the digital applications that can be used by all occupants of a vehicle, including navigation, entertainment, location-based services, and connectivity to devices, car networks and broadband networks.
“Access to a thriving ecosystem and engaging applications for an in-vehicle infotainment system is vital to our customers,” said Gerulf Kinkelin, GENIVI Director and Innovation Area Manager for Electronics and Telematices, PSA Peugeot Citroen.
An initial release of the MeeGo platform is available now from http://www.meego.com/downloads. Interested parties can download and contribute to the project. The MeeGo project encourages all automakers or industry groups to participate in the MeeGo project or make use of its software to power their own distributions.
BMW Group has yet to make an announcement on the roadmap of integrating this new platform.
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