The Linux Foundation began a new initiative in 2012 called Automotive Grade Linux as an open-source project to develop common Linux-based software cores for connected cars. Now major automakers like Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru have joined AGL alongside existing members Toyota, Nissan, and Jaguar Land Rover.

The AGL has announced a new Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution built specifically for automotive. This ground-up build was designed to address the needs of the connected car.

The new UCB is aimed at becoming a standard for the industry to allow developers and carmakers to use this Linux-based software stack as a foundation for their in-vehicle software suites. Collaboration with a global community of open-source developers can help automakers quickly advance new connected car applications.

Consumers familiar with the infotainment interface found in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will have already seen AGL at work. Jaguar is a Linux Foundation board member and has used Linux-based infotainment for several years now.

The structure of the AGL distribution allows for it to be the architectural foundation for several applications within a vehicle. These include the instrument cluster, heads up displays, telematics, and more. It can also be tailored towards smart navigation, communications, safety, and security.

Initially, the new AGL distribution supports the Renesas-CAR platforms, Intel-based boards for in-car use, and QEMU x86. Others are to be added. With participation from suppliers, automakers, and developers, the AGL design can be utilized for most major systems and components on the market.

The AGL UCB will be featured at CES 2016 as part of the GENIVI CES 2016 Demonstration Showcase with demonstrations of HVAC control, navigation, radio and media players.