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Chinese Automaker SAIC Motor joins Automotive Grade Linux

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, announced seven new members. SAIC Motor has joined as a Silver member, and German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT and Ovo Automotive join as Bronze members.

“We are excited to welcome SAIC Motor as our first car manufacturer from China. This will allow us to expand our global ecosystem into the Chinese and Asian markets,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “AGL now has the support of 11 automakers which account for approximately sixty percent of worldwide annual vehicle shipments. We look forward to working with SAIC and all of our other new members as we continue to expand the AGL platform to support new mobility solutions and connected car applications.”

AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open, shared software platform for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

“In recent years, SAIC aims at the new trend of the development of the automobile industry — electrification, intelligent network connection, sharing and internationalisation. In the future, SAIC will take intelligent network-based cars, smart travel solutions and intelligent manufacturing as an important starting point to explore and practice the broader and deeper integration of big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence with the automobile industry, and contribute to the acceleration of transformation and upgrading of China’s automobile industry,” said Chen Hong, CEO of SAIC Motor. “Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is the only organisation addressing all software in the car, including Infotainment, Instrument Cluster, HUD, ADAS, Function safety and Autonomous Driving, which will help us to achieve the goal promptly.”

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