AGL.automotiveITAutomotive suppliers Continental and Hyundai Mobis, electronics group Toshiba and several other companies have joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a project that aims to develop an open-source, Linux-based platform for connected cars.

Earlier this year, AGL announced a new set of codes designed specifically for the automotive industry. The new Linux distribution addresses automotive-specific applications such as navigation, communications, safety, security and infotainment functionality. The Linux Foundation, which promotes the general adoption of the Linux open-source operating system, hopes it will become the de facto standard for the auto industry.

Automakers are rethinking their cars' electronic architectures as digital functions gain in importance. Outdated architectures coupled with a multitude of in-car operating systems are making it difficult - and costly - to add new functionality.

“Our goal is to bring companies from diverse backgrounds and regions together to build an open platform that will drive rapid innovation across the entire automotive industry,” Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive at the Linux Foundation, said in a press statement.

ForgeRock, which has built an internet-of-things platform, bright box, a Vienna-based automotive software specialist, and Ubiquitous, an embedded software provider, also are joining AGL.