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Linux-based IVI software plays nice with iOS devices

May 28, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 1,290 views

Wind River announced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) software for integrating iOS devices into IVI systems based on the company’s IVI-oriented Linux OS offering. The Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Linux enables a car’s infotainment head unit to be used for viewing and playing content streamed from late-model iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

Wind River says its Connectivity Solution Accelerator makes the car’s IVI head unit act like an accessory to the iOS device. With the iOS device docked into the car’s infotainment system, the head unit can play music and videos and the car’s steering wheel can be used as a remote control, according to the company.

A recent report from J.D. Power & Associates reportedly found that consumers consider the ability to link their smartphones to their cars to be a top technology priority when making new car purchase decisions.


“Consumers are incorporating personal devices into every facet of their lives; it is already happening in the automobile,” says Georg Doll, Wind River vice president of automotive solutions. In order to stay in step with the rapidly changing auto industry and its increasing adoption of open source technologies, companies must support a growing variety of devices and provide richer consumer electronics experiences while also upholding automotive requirements that protect against driver distraction.”

Wind River’s IVI solution accelerators are intended to be used in conjunction its Linux-based Platform for Infotainment, which is a GENIVI-compliant OS based on the Yocto Project. The Platform for Infotainment targets telematics, IVI, and other automotive systems including instrument clusters and center displays, says the company.

Key features of the Wind River Platform for Infotainment include:

  • Open source Linux-based run-time
  • Latest GENIVI specifications
  • Fast-boot optimization and other solution accelerators
  • High performing board support packages (BSPs)
  • Project-proven media engine to support audio and video
  • Comprehensive development toolchain
  • Platform developer kit
  • Application developer kit
  • Available BSPs include TI OMAP 4, Renesas R-Car, Freescale i.MX 53 and i.MX 6, and more
  • Optional Eclipse-based toolchain
  • Fast-boot optimizations and other solution accelerators (e.g the iOS device support discussed above)

iOS devices supported by the Connectivity Solution Accelerator include recent versions of the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod, and iPod nano.

Wind River’s Connectivity Solution Accelerators and Platform for Infotainment are being demonstrated this week at the Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo, in the Yocto Project’s booth. Further details are available on Wind River’s automotive solutions page.

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