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Open-source software in infotainment systems Bosch joins Genivi Alliance Specially designed in-vehicle reference platform

21st February 2011
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Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH has now joined the Genivi Alliance as a core member. This alliance is an industrial association in the automotive and consumer electronics industry that aims to promote the development and introduction of an open reference platform for infotainment systems in vehicles. Our primary goal in this alliance is to reduce development time and minimize development costs, commented Dr.-Ing. Michael Bolle, Executive Vice President Engineering in the Bosch Car Multimedia division.
In addition, this approach also allows for the later use of Genivi components (IVI = In-Vehicle Infotainment) in Bosch systems. A number of different carmakers and automotive suppliers have joined forces in the Genivi Alliance and are now promoting open-source software for future infotainment products. Two Bosch subsidiaries, Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH and ADIT (Advanced Driver Information Technology), are now also involved in this project to advance the development of a standardized, open, upgradeable platform. The addition of this very influential Tier One supplier seeking next generation infotainment solutions only strengthens the Alliance, said Graham Smethurst, Genivi president.

Making it possible to use existing open-source software will significantly reduce the time-to-market of new, innovative multimedia functions in vehicles. After all, the open-source community makes its extensive

experience in the design of the user interface readily available. And finally, in addition to the easier integration of new multimedia applications, the open-source approach also provides the benefit of reduced costs in the use of existing applications.

Multimedia in a stable automotive environment
The use of the latest technological applications from the field of consumer electronics in automobiles leads to a steady increase in the demands made on system architecture as well as on the computing power and safety of in-vehicle communication technologies. As a result, in-vehicle infotainment systems must have room for innovative multimedia functions right from the beginning and at the same time be specially designed for use in automobiles. In addition, it must also be possible to update and upgrade the systems and their applications at any time during the entire life cycle of the vehicle.

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