Italian supplier Magneti Marelli and US-based software maker Wind River will build the first GENIVI-compliant infotainment system, moving the industry closer to adopting an open-source standard.
The two companies are building the system for BMW, but hope to have other customers as well.
“GENIVI provides an innovative platform that allows car manufacturers to offer the next
generation of connectivity and multimedia services while retaining the distinguishing features that make up the essence of their brands,” said Alexander Kocher, vice president and general manger for automotive solutions at Wind River.
He added in a statement that the open-source software will speed up innovation, reduce time-to-market and lower development costs.
The GENIVI Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose goal is the adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment reference platform. The group’s open source platform consists of Linux-based core services, middleware and open application layer interfaces.
“The open platform approach can be considered the basis on which the future of in-vehicle life and infotainment will be built,” said Giuseppe Faranda, director of the infotainment and navigation division at Magneti Marelli.
Marelli and Wind River said their new infotainment solution, which will first appear as next-generation entry-level and mid-level systems in BMW models, can support a range of control module or “head unit” architectures. The systems can be customized for all car manufacturers.