Alliance Claims Platform Can Widen Telematics Adoption

Alliance Claims Platform Can Widen Telematics Adoption

An automotive industry alliance has developed a platform it claims can enable incorporation of telematics systems into vehicles previously unequipped for them.

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a Linux Foundation project developing an open-source platform for connected vehicles that counts Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan among its participants, says it has developed a new platform featuring telematics “device profiles”.

AGL executive director Dan Cauchy claims the platform, Unified Code Base (UCB) 6.0, will allow “motorcycles, fleet services, rental car tracking, basic economy cars with good old-fashioned radios, essentially any vehicle without a head unit or infotainment display … [to] leverage the AGL Unified Code Base”.

Among the technical features the AGL claims UCB 6.0 possesses are a “software development kit with application templates”, “smart device link ready for easy integration and access to smartphone applications”, and “over-the-air upgrade capabilities”. The alliance says previous versions of UCB are already in commercial use by Toyota.


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