GM, BMW choose MeeGo for 'in-vehicle infotainment'

The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance whose founding members include BMW Group, Delphi, GM, Intel, Magneti-Marelli, PSA, Visteon and Wind River, have announced that they have chosen MeeGo as the basis of their next reference release for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI). The GENIVI Alliance was founded with a goal of establishing a Linux operating system, middleware and platform for the automotive in-vehicle infotainment industry.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation said, "We are pleased to see GENIVI choose MeeGo to power their software platform. MeeGo has been built from the ground up for these types of applications. Because MeeGo is a truly open platform, the work GENIVI will do to extend the platform can benefit the project and all who use it. For developers, this is a great opportunity to harness the power of the MeeGo APIs to target a variety of devices and architectures and extend their work on handset applications toward vehicles."

MeeGo is a mobile operating system based on Linux, and was introduced at the Mobile World Congress in February of this year. The OS is being developed by Intel and Nokia and is a combination of two Linux-based operating systems that Intel and Nokia had been working on separately. Meego is built from Intel's Moblin OS and Nokia's Maemo OS with Debian as the base. The operating system is intended to work on mobile devices such as netbooks, smart-phones and IVI devices.

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My checklist when buying a car:
1) Runs good, no leaks, no weird noises.
2) Body appears to be in good condition.
3) Rides well, all mechanical features seem to work.
4) Price is reasonable.

People need to stop trying to multitask while they're in their car and focus on driving. It's funny how we can outlaw cell phones but then we can throw computers into the dashboard and it's all ok. That's not distracting at all. I got rear-ended in the Burger King drive thru the other day because some guy was messing with his in-dash navigation and let his foot ease off the brake. I mean seriously what's the world coming to?

Meego is built from Intel's Moblin OS and Nokia's Maemo OS with Debian as the base.
That is no longer the case. Maemo was Debian-based, MeeGo is not.

It's a shame they haven't used the Microsoft Auto platform. I know it works well for Ford, the Fiat Group and now Kia. Having an already established platform would be great.

able_aardvark said,
It's a shame they haven't used the Microsoft Auto platform. I know it works well for Ford, the Fiat Group and now Kia. Having an already established platform would be great.

diversity is a good thing

XerXis said,

diversity is a good thing

True enough; I just like the idea of a platform which might actually work with my Zune rather than every iPod and it's dog.

able_aardvark said,

True enough; I just like the idea of a platform which might actually work with my Zune rather than every iPod and it's dog.

I agree. My next vehicle will be a GM model and was also hoping GM would go with Microsoft's software so that I too could have seamless integration with my Zune. If this software can allow me to pull contacts, their addresses and control Zune through the phone I'd have no problem with it but if it can't I can easily see it bing a feature I'd if it were optional or not.

able_aardvark said,
It's a shame they haven't used the Microsoft Auto platform. I know it works well for Ford, the Fiat Group and now Kia. Having an already established platform would be great.

So agree. Microsoft SYNC is awesome.

Majesticmerc said,

Why?

MeeGo isn't even finished yet and it has very little support at the moment in terms of the number of app developers, anyway they should just get with the program and adopt Android.

thealexweb said,

MeeGo isn't even finished yet and it has very little support at the moment in terms of the number of app developers, anyway they should just get with the program and adopt Android.

Debian has already 20 000+ packages so there are plenty of apps already build. It is rock solid, well supported, supports various of hardware configurations, and extremely secure. The only thing left is optimizing the UI for small screens.

neoraptor said,

Debian has already 20 000+ packages so there are plenty of apps already build. It is rock solid, well supported, supports various of hardware configurations, and extremely secure. The only thing left is optimizing the UI for small screens.

Its based of Debian it won't be exactly the same.

thealexweb said,

MeeGo isn't even finished yet and it has very little support at the moment in terms of the number of app developers, anyway they should just get with the program and adopt Android.

Who would want to pile a **** load of crap on their in-car computer anyway?

Matt Hardwick said,

Who would want to pile a **** load of crap on their in-car computer anyway?

It's a personal choice, a lot of modern cars have OSs.