The GENIVI Universe
By Franz Walkembach
The Star Wars saga was one of those rare movies series that managed to create a newstandard for an entire industry. It can leave you fascinated for the whole following week after you’ve seen it. You don’t even need an expensive video system to enjoy its rich and powerful action. While the automotive industry constantly hopes to wow consumers with state of art technologies and ever expanding capabilities, one has to wonder: “Does an automotive version of Star Wars exist? Something that creates a new standard for all of us to be measured against?” Oh yes, it exists and there is nothing alien about it.
It’s called GENIVI (a concatenation of Geneva, and the acronym IVI), and it is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) open-source development platform. The alliance aims to align requirements, deliver reference implementations, offer certification programs, and foster a vibrant open-source IVI community. See? A new standard.