Next week in Barcelona over 400 Automotive industry experts are expected at the latest GENIVI All-Members meeting. Over 5 days, more than 100 separate meetings are scheduled, covering a wide range of topics relating to In-Vehicle Infotainment platforms. An on-going challenge with the GENIVI project is to build in sufficient flexibility that the platform can be used by a wide range of Tier One and OEM Automotive companies, covering entry-level, mid-range and high-end solutions. Each has differing price and functionality requirements, and the cost of customizing the platform can soon outweigh the savings of the “free” open source base platform. An Ecosystem of application providers and service companies has grown up to add solutions over-and-above the GENIVI base platform. There is already considerable technical diversification in GENIVI, and the rate of change is proving to be a challenge for downstream users of the platform.
A key area of differentiation for any implementer, is the application set that can be hosted. This is what the end-user will experience. The GENIVI Application Framework Initiative is intended provide standard mechanisms to integrate common IVI applications such as Speech Recognition, Media players, Navigation tools and more. The market pressure to include Android applications within a GENIVI context is also being considered, and potential solutions include Linux Containers hosting Android as a guest operating system, and more secure options including domain separation via hardware partitioning or Hypervisor virtualization. Potential users will want to be sure that a failing user application cannot interfere with in-vehicle safety systems.
On May 16th Mentor Graphics will host a Webinar on the mechanisms available for including Android Apps in an automotive Infotainment context. If you would like to listen in, please register here: