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[News] GNU/Linux a Good Match for Car Computers

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Road-Tripping With Linux

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| Customers demand the latest technology from their vehicles, especially when 
| it comes to entertainment. However, the development cycle for cars is much 
| longer than that of electronics, so there's always a lag. Linux can help, 
| writes Wind River Systems' Paul Tu.   
| [...]
| Linux has a heritage in the desktop market and its large community of 
| software developers offers multiple options to support in-vehicle multimedia 
| applications including:  
|     * Popular, industry-standard media formats and file types
|     * A variety of ready-to-use audio and video codecs and players
|     * Solutions for speech recognition control and output


"I’d be glad to help tilt lotus into into the death spiral. I could do it
Friday afternoon but not Saturday. I could do it pretty much any time the
following week."

                                --Brad Silverberg, Microsoft


Automotive Linux drives innovation

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| There are vendors developing embedded operating systems for the automotive
| infotainment market but they do not have the scale to bring all the new and
| exciting capabilities to the equipment quickly. Well established real-time
| operating systems such as Wind River’s VxWorks can have around 50,000
| developers and still can’t provide all the required drivers and interfaces in
| the time needed.Because of this, a number of large car and equipment
| manufacturers have been working on ways to provide innovative new equipment
| designs.


Wind River, Intel ride Linux into car market

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| Intel and Wind River Systems have teamed up to create a Linux/x86 platform
| for car electronics, which will debut at the Telematics Detroit 2008
| conference today (May 20). The offering is based on Intel's low-power Atom
| processor and a new variant of Wind River's embedded Linux.


Linux Soon to be in your Car

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| Thanks to a new joint effort between Intel and Wind River, you may soon be
| running Linux in your car.


Intel and Wind River driving Linux infotainment systems to cars

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| Linux is in our computers, our phones, our Wi-Fi equipment, and our TiVos —
| why not our cars? Intel Corp. and Wind River have been working with both the
| embedded and automotive industries to advance in-vehicle infotainment (IVI)
| with open, Linux-based, standards-based, interoperable hardware and software
| called Open Infotainment Platforms (OIP).



Car computer runs Red Flag Linux

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| Red Flag Linux is a Chinese version of Linux based on Asianux.


Vehicle-mount computer runs Debian Etch

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| The MT7550 clocks its AMD Geode GX533 processor at 400 MHz, includes both
| Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, and comes standard with Debian
| Linux 4.0 ("Etch").  


Rugged, fanless vehicle PC runs Linux

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| Acrosser has introduced a compact, fanless computer aimed at the harsh
| environments found in trucks, taxis, and other vehicular applications. The
| AR-ES0831FL runs Linux on Pentium and Celeron M processors, and meets
| IEC-68-2-6 vibration and IEC-68-2-27 shock standards, according to the
| company.    


In-vehicle Linux system assists first responders

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| U.K.-based Thorcom Systems Ltd is shipping a rugged, Debian Linux-based,
| in-vehicle computer intended for emergency first responders. T


Debian Linux controls copter-like UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle]

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| Trek Aerospace used Debian Linux and open-source flight control
| software to build an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of
| vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The Oviwun weighs about
| six pounds, fits in a backpack, and includes a GPS system that
| enables autonomous flight and position control.


Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux

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| This automated vehicle uses a dozen Intel Core 2 processors, but at the
| bottom of the software stack is Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake" Linux. Ubuntu 6.06
| was chosen for being an LTS (Long Term Support) release. Perhaps next year's
| vehicle will be running Ubuntu 8.04?    


Linux Powered PS3 to be used in DARPA Urban Challenge

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| With four years of autonomous racing experience and using Yellow Dog Linux,
| San Diego's Axion Racing is excited about showing folks other things that can
| be done using a PlayStation console.  


Linux well-positioned in booming telematics market

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| In five years, 30 million cars or 44 percent of the global total will ship
| with telematics devices such as navigation computers, safety systems,
| and "infotainment" systems, a study claims. The ABI Research report also
| forecasts a vibrant outlook for after-market telematics devices, where Linux
| has seen some success.


Finland's 'Open Source' Electric Car Plan

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| When I think of faraway Finland, I think of long, dark winters, saunas,
| reindeer and Nokia cellular telephones. I don't think of electric cars...
| until now.

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