Linux-based infotainment heading to 2018 Toyota Camry

More than 100 industry players are working to develop Automotive Grade Linux as a standard open-source platform.

Toyota will be among the first large automakers to launch a Linux-based infotainment system in a production car, starting with the 2018 Camry.

The Japanese automaker is among more than 100 industry players working to develop Automotive Grade Linux, a common open-source platform that aims to become the de facto industry standard. The approach is expected to reduce fragmentation and streamline development, particularly for suppliers that develop similar products for multiple OEMs.

"The flexibility of the AGL platform allows us to quickly roll-out Toyota's infotainment system across our vehicle line-up, providing customers with greater connectivity and new functionalities at a pace that is more consistent with consumer technology," says Keiji Yamamoto, executive VP of Toyota's Connected Company.

Automakers are currently focusing on AGL for infotainment systems, but the organization plans to eventually use the same platform to power instrument clusters, head-up displays, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems and even fully autonomous driving technology.

Toyota will begin selling its first cars with AGL-based infotainment by late summer.

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