Like I have said, those that want to get into the programing side of things need to remember Linux. According to the Linux Insider, a number of automotive companies are looking to the Open Source OS to help people come to terms with the cost of electronic systems needing an OS to make them run.
Linux, the ubiquitous free operating system that by some estimates currently runs over half of all servers and is swiftly making inroads into operating systems from computers to mobile phones Latest News about mobile phones, is now targeting the automotive industry.
As the cost of electronic components in automobiles continues to increase, the battle is being waged between Linux and proprietary operating systems. MontaVista Software, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just one of a handful of software companies that provide Linux-based software for device-specific applications in automobiles.
“Linux is an ideal solution for automotive entertainment and navigation systems that require high reliability Get your complimentary copy of the IBM 64-Bit Computing Decision-Maker’s Guide., high performance networking and bandwidth,” Glenn Seiler, director of product marketing at MontaVista Software, told LinuxInsider.
Automotive software is a subsegment at MontaVista Software. It also provides Linux-based software for device-specific applications for medical and industrial markets.
“As in all industries — telecom, financial, medical, etc. — automotive providers are going to have to embrace Linux based solutions to remain competitive,” Seiler said.
The automotive industry is choosing Linux because it offers vendor neutrality, lower cost of entry and faster time to market, according to Seiler. “There are more Linux developers becoming available on the market and the ‘time-to-debug’ is usually much less,” he said.