By Franz Walkembach
The Automotive group at Wind River is quite an impressive team…Consider this: hundreds of engineers and decades of successfully completed projects have helped Wind River carefully foster the development in this industry. We not only created trusted connections with customers and partners, but we’ve also stayed ahead of key trends, riding a wave of open source innovation right as it started to build momentum. Fast forward to today…our ongoing efforts to advance the automotive industry has reached another great achievement – Wind River has received the Most Valuable Contributor Award from the GENIVI Alliance.
A path to GENIVI
Wind River has long been one of the most active members in the GENIVI Alliance. We were among the first to join the alliance, and we’ve contributed regularly to the project since. We have members sitting on the board of directors, teams involved in expert groups such as the Baseline Integration Team (BIT) and the System Infrastructure Expert Group, and we are also taking part in numerous joint marketing activities.
Highlighted as a Silver sponsor at the last GENIVI All Members Meeting in Barcelona, we made the best of the whole experience, receiving excellent feed-back during our demos and customer meetings.
The alliance is an ideal environment for technology development and building meaningful relations with the relevant industry players. Thanks to the hard working Wind River team, we became among the first to provide offerings that were GENIVI 3.0 compliant. We’ve continued to make the most out of our appearances at GENIVI All Member Meetings and reach out to some of the most important automotive OEMs and Tier 1 companies worldwide. As automotive trends evolve, Wind River will continue to rise to meet the needs of customers at every step and beyond.
The road ahead
Let’s consider some recent GENIVI milestones and activities:
- Our Wind River Platform for Infotainment (PFI) follows the GENIVI compliance program closely to ensure compliance at each step, with major versions of PFI in sync with the 6 month release cycle of the GENIVI Alliance.
- Wind River is aligned with GENIVI and the Yocto Project for automotive IVI, in key roles right at the crossroads of the two groups. Our engagement in the GENIVI BIT team serves us well with respect to the Yocto Project and our Wind River PFI. The latest version of Wind River PFI is derived from the Yocto GENIVI Baseline - Discovery release, which consists of two layers of the Yocto Project. Wind River is committed to advancing open source and supporting the Yocto Project, in fact, Wind River Linux is also based on Yocto Project open source development infrastructure.
- The “Works with GENIVI” (WwG) program is for GENIVI members who produce either commercial or open source software that works with IVI platforms. Our Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator, software that allows IVI systems to view and play content from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, is listed and will be one of the first WwG products.
- We are committed to GENIVI and will continue our active contributions to GENIVI Expert Groups and through active participation in events and meetings.
As you can see, our impact to GENIVI is very concrete, very real. We find it quite interesting and stimulating to work with innovative people, developing compliant base code and advancing open source for the automotive industry. GENIVI’s Most Valuable Contributor Award is definitely a great recognition for these efforts.
Once more,a big thanks to the team for being so keen and hard working. Given the challenging demands of the auto industry, it really takes an innovative group of folks to achieve success! Many more exciting developments are still to come, so stay in touch!
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