Toyota has announced a new infotainment system for the 2018 Camry, one that uses open-source software from Linux.
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a group of more than 100 companies that collaborated to bring this new infotainment system to fruition, and though it will launch in the Camry, it is likely to spread across Toyota’s lineup.
Since it is open source, Toyota will focus on customizing the system for its vehicles, as this exact same setup could wind up in products from other automakers, so each will need its own unique style. Toyota was the first automaker to join this project though, so the brand had a heavy influence in how AGL developed the system.
AGL will be closely monitoring the system in the Camry and will use the first production application of the setup to get feedback.
The goal here is to create an industry standard for infotainment systems, one that can be used by multiple automakers but still offers the customization to make it look unique.
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