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Renault-Nissan goes open source with GENIVI for infotainment

renault-nissanAutomotive industry group, the GENIVI Alliance, announced that Renault and Nissan will launch a new joint program to deliver a  In-vehicle Infotainment IVI system based on software GENIVI software for low-to-mid and high-class Renault and Nissan vehicles globally and will be supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GENIVI solution is expected to increase quality and decrease costs. GENIVI is based on open source Linux and will provide software for Google Android for authentication, audio, video, touchscreen input, and voice.

Renault-Nissan believes GENIVI will become the new standard automotive operating systems for infotainment systems.

The new common IVI system will use GENIVI Compliant middleware that allows Renault-Nissan to use  the same software platform with different hardware solutions to  low to high-end products.

The Renault-Nissan team will also offer to reuse middleware key components created in this program with other Tier 1 suppliers in future programs. Automaker members of GENIVI include Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler,  Volvo Peugeot, SAIC and John Deere. We saw a demo of the use of open source software during Telematics West Coast.

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association dedicated to driving the broad adoption of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source software.

IHS predicts that Linux will have a major impact, gaining a 41.3% share by 2020. QNX is the other major OS for in-car infotainment.