Ubuntu For Cars? It's A Possibility

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 14 November 2014 at 12:19 PM EST. 14 Comments
Another interesting session today during the final day of this week's Ubuntu 15.04 Online Summit was about the prospects of bringing Ubuntu to cars.

In particular, being discussed was Ubuntu as the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system similar to the focus of Tizen and other Linux platforms for running within automobiles. GENIVI's community manager talked about how car companies and suppliers are moving to open-source software to power the IVI systems. The talk was mainly geared at gauging interest as Ubuntu for an IVI system. There is NOT any actual plans or commitments (at least not publicly) for getting Ubuntu used in IVI systems but this is just what's being talked about. It also doesn't appear this is an avenue that Canonical is passionately exploring right now compared to Ubuntu Touch/Phone or the seemingly forgotten Ubuntu TV.

Anyhow, for those wanting to learn more about the prospects for a GENIVI version of Ubuntu, see the session info. For those well out of the scene, GENIVI is the non-profit industry alliance for driving IVI open-source platforms. For what it's worth on a slightly unrelated note, IVI systems is where Wayland has seen some adoption and interest.
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