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2018 Camry's infotainment system will run Automotive Grade Linux


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:26 PM

The Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux project is celebrating its first big-name user, after Toyota said it will employ the OS in the 2018 Camry model it will sell in the United States.
 
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is an effort to create a cut of Linux capable of being dropped into cars with minimal integration hassles, so that auto-makers and manufacturers of in-car-electronics can all build to a common standard.
 
The Camry will use AGL in its infotainment system, which is where the project currently focuses its efforts.
 
In future the project's participants want the OS to handle just about everything inside a car, including the instrument cluster, a heads-up-display, telematics services, advanced driver assistance systems and even autonomous driving.

 

 

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 05:38 AM

Great to hear that the Camry will now include 'Linux Inside', as several of their lower priced models does. :)

 

Toyota, forever being a 'green' corporation, going back to the late 60's when dealers were openly called 'traitors' in the US, as well as the autos being called 'rice burners', now with inflated fuel prices (the first in the early 70's that gave Toyota a needed boost), has a better reputation. The Camry is the #1 leading Family Sedan for at least 2-3 years, and #1 overall selling car, although the Corolla has the title of being the longest lasting model (after the Ford Thunderbird ceased production), getting close to it's 50th birthday & am sure there will be an edition to reflect that milestone. After all, it was the Corolla that carried the corporation for years, and even then was getting over 40 miles per gallon on highway (although with a smaller engine & a cramped car). Still quite an accomplishment for pre-fuel injection days. 

 

The Toyota corporation while using Linux technology in it's cars, very well known as a 'green' corporation, could take that a step further with providing a couple of more sheets of paper, encouraging the use of Linux on home computers to extend the life of these. We all know it's safe to assume we're getting a 250,000 mile care by purchasing a Toyota (assuming regular maintenance), and 175,000 to 200,000 with a half hearted effort. The same can be said for computers, any that supports Aero will run today's Linux, and on some, there are components that can be upgraded at low cost, to include the CPU for better performance & more instruction sets, as well as graphics card in desktops. Doesn't have to be the best, even a GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti will do for many, and there's even a GT 1030 (1GB GDDR5 64 bit) for low profile use. All supports DX12 & Vulcan. 

 

Or a slightly older model from a previous upgrade will do, am in the process of a surprise upgrade of an early model Dell PC, for now, will just say that a not too ancient MSI Radeon R7770 GHz edition (1GB GDDR5) will be the GPU used and Linux Mint will be one of the featured OS's. I'll cover the rest in another Topic, to be posted soon. :)

 

Toyota can be a global leader in pushing Linux to the masses, as an owner of their vehicles since I began driving, one of my first cars was a 1971 Corolla, and for less than $7, could ride all over the place for over two weeks, not counting going back & forth to work. Being a registered customer, I can email them & request to push Linux as an alternative OS for their computers, not just in their long lasting vehicles. They could take that further & attribute Linux as being a part of their longevity. :)

 

At any rate, good to hear that the World's leading auto manufacturer is powered by Linux (technology wise), hopefully other brands has already done so or will. If not, these will be exposed to most anything, to include steering/brake failure at a critical moment. Malware spreaders doesn't care about anyone & could care less about injury or loss of life. Demand better by purchasing brands that are powered by Linux & when someone (especially another brand's dealership while considering) asks why a particular model was chosen, don't be ashamed to say it, that the vehicle is safer because 'Linux is under the hood'. :thumbsup:

 

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