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Automotive Linux Summit agenda announced

Sep 30, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 498 views

The Linux Foundation announced the program and keynote speakers for its Automotive Linux Summit to be held Oct. 24-25 in Edinburgh, UK. The event is focused on Linux and open source technologies for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), driver assistance, connected cars, and more, and will feature a “hacker’s lounge” where developers can test code and try new apps on a Tizen-based IVI console.

Now in its third year, the Automotive Linux Summit aims to assemble “systems engineers, Linux experts, R&D managers, business executives, licensing and compliance specialists, and community developers from the automotive and open source communities.” The event co-located with LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe, which according to the LF is now “the largest gathering of its kind in the region.”

The Automotive Linux Summit’s plenary sessions will explore a wide range of business and technology topics relating to Linux, IVI, and connected cars. The event’s keynote talks will be delivered by leading players in the auto industry, including Toyota, Bosch, Peugeot Citroen, Jaguar, and Ford.


Keynotes and highligted plenary sessions are listed below.

Keynote speakers:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Program Manager Kenichi Murata — “Challenges to Develop IVI Software with Linux.”
  • Bosch’s Head of the Center of Competence for Open Source Software Dr. Maria CristinaCaldarola — “Dealing with Open Source in the Automotive Industry — How to Take Advantage of Opportunities By Minimizing Legal Risks.”
  • PSA Peugeot Citroen’s General Manager and GENIVI Alliance President Philippe Gicquel — “GENIVI Drives Open Source Adoption for In-Vehicle Infotainment.”
  • GENIVI Alliance’s Vice President and Jaguar Land Rover Technical Specialist Matt Jones — “Prototype to Development: A Linux-Based In-Vehicle Infotainment System.”
  • International Expert in 3D Data Collection & Navigation and Elektrobit Automotive’s Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak — “OpenStreetMap — New Ways? Integration of 3D Data and Possibilities of Automated Data Collection.”
  • Suntec Software’s Chief Operating Officer Eagle Wang — “Next Generation IVI Systems Design: A Blueprint for Car Makers & Tier 1 Suppliers.”

Highlighted plenary sessions:

  • “What to Look for In An Open Source Solution for IVI,” Adam Abramski, Product Manager, Tizen IVI, Intel Corp. & Brett Branch, Tizen Automotive Product Marketing Engineer, Intel
  • “Enhancing In-Car User Experience With Virtual Device Architecture, Using Non-Proprietary and Open Source Standards,” Tomasz Fidecki, Senior Business Developer, brightONE
  • “The Mobile Conduit: Delivery of Advanced Automotive Services Through the Phone,” Jacek Serafinski, Senior Research Scientist, Co-Owner, Zylia
  • “SmartDeviceLink: A Standard for Smartphone Apps Integration,” Yuriy Shvalik, Luxoft, supports development for Ford
  • “Xen on ARM — Virtualization for the Automotive Industry,” Stefano Stabellini, Principal Software Engineer, Citrix


Further details on the Automotive Linux Summit is available on the Automotive Linux Summit website, and the detailed schedule is here.

Report: Automotive systems mirror mobile trends

ABI Research recently forecast that Linux will quickly grow to represent 20 percent of automotive computers by 2018, pulling closer to Microsoft behind industry-leading QNX.

According to ABI’s analysis, the total number of “OEM-installed connected car telematics systems,” which include IVI systems, will likely increase from around 7.8 million at the end of 2012 to 46.8 million units by the end of 2018.

ABI’s report suggests that the automotive industry is in a period of “dramatic paradigm shifts” including the adoption of open source platforms, such as Linux and the GENIVI platform. “In this regard, the automotive industry mirrors trends in mobile,” states ABI principal analyst, Gareth Owen.

Systems based on GENIVI and other Linux and Android platforms are currently being developed at numerous first- and second-tier automotive system providers.

For further background on Linux in automotive applications, refer to our detailed report on The Rise of Linux in In-Vehicle Infotainment and the additional related posts listed below.

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