RHEL In Your Car? Red Hat Building Out Automotive Infotainment Team

Written by Michael Larabel in Red Hat on 16 March 2021 at 03:08 PM EDT. 34 Comments
Red Hat is in the process of building out an "infotainment" team to work on low-level Linux infrastructure work around their growing automotive efforts.

Red Hat has begun listing jobs for this automotive team and I am told they will be listing more positions over the next two quarters. Of the positions so far range from Kdump for automotive, security engineer for the automotive team, a QA engineer for "our latest initiative in the automotive area", and more. Again, I am told this is just the start of Red Hat's build out for this automotive work and in particular for an infotainment team.

There was this brief from Red Hat last April where they did note, "Red Hat is working collaboratively with leading automakers like BMW to add in-vehicle intelligence, safety features, automated capabilities, and telematics functionality to enhance customer experiences in modern-day motoring."

While not filled in on their grand plans for the automotive sector, with their new infotainment team I am told the work should in part benefit the Linux desktop. This team will be contributing work to ares like PipeWire, BlueZ, GStreamer, libcamera, and other components that are of relevance to both desktop/mobile and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

With today's connected electric vehicles and more automobile start-ups coming to market, Linux within autos remains a growing area with the likes of Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux, Yocto, Android Automotive, Ubuntu, and even Intel's Clear Linux within cars being among the current notable players. It will be interesting to see what comes of Red Hat's automotive work and what industry adoption it sees. For now though they still are in the early stages and building out their engineers.

Current jobs are for Brno (Czech Republic) and across their US sites while some positions do allow for remote work. See automotive on Red Hat jobs for their initial positions while more are said to be coming later in the year.
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