Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point

By John Bruggeman

Linux has always been suspect when it comes to automotive applications.

The general belief was that safety-critical automotive applications required a deterministic, real-time operating system.  Linux just didn’t cut it for telematics or under-the-hood applications.  OEMs relied on proprietary OS companies for their solutions.

Now some of that belief is grounded in fact. Consequently, Linux adoption in automotive has moved at a snail’s pace.

But I believe moving forward, Linux adoption in the automotive industry will happen quickly, dramatically, and in ways we never expected.

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