America News: VIIC selects Wind River’s Linux as preferred platform to develop OBE

America News:  VIIC selects Wind River’s Linux as preferred platform to develop OBE

The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC) has selected Wind River’s Linux Edition as the platform for developing the vehicle On-Board Equipment (OBE) for its proof-of-concept activities.

The VIIC’s OBE initiative will enable a standards-based communications infrastructure that supports vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in an effort to improve vehicle safety, vehicle mobility and enable consumer and commercial services.

VIIC selected Wind River’s Linux distribution for automotive solutions after a comprehensive review that compared other Linux vendors and leading proprietary operating systems in the automotive industry.

The Wind River solution combines flexibility with ease of integration, and can firmly support a decentralised project like OBE to enable a low-risk open-source solution.

The VIIC, which comprises eight OEMs, was established in 2004 to support the National VII Coalition (which comprises US government and state transport departments) in its efforts to determine the feasibility of nationwide deployment of a VII program, and to establish a strategy for implementation, communications standards and capabilities.

The VIIC will use Wind River’s expertise in open source and automotive solutions to deliver a board support package (BSP) and configure an emulation platform to accelerate development of OBE. In addition, Wind River’s global support organisation will deliver local support, enabling the decentralised development and field testing for the initiative’s disparate members.

To see the VII OBE prototype in action, visit the Wind River booth at Telematics Update – Detroit 2007.

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