Car maker Toyota has announced that it has become a member of The Linux Foundation to promote the open source platform in the automobile industry.
Automobile makers are investing more and more in new technology that will help them deliver innovative media and connectivity in the car, and emulate the connectivity found in a home or office. Car makers have been developing dashboard computing systems and In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) systems in the last few years.
The industry is working closely with some of the leading names in the software industry to come up with such systems.
The Linux Foundation, which is responsible for managing and promoting the open source platform, said Toyota has joined the organisation as a Gold Member; a move which will not only maximise the company’s investment in Linux but will also see it promoting Linux in the industry to create an open and collaborative environment.
"Linux gives us the flexibility and technology maturity we require to evolve our In-Vehicle-Infotainment and communications systems to address the expectations of our customers," said Kenichi Murata, Project General Manager, Electronics Development Div. 1, Toyota Motor Corporation.
"The Linux Foundation provides us with a neutral forum in which we can collaborate with the world's leading technology companies on open innovation that accelerates that evolution," he added.