In boost for open-source-based design, the AVnu Alliance and the GENIVI Alliance announced
they will align software requirements for automotive Ethernet IVI
(In-Vehicle Infotainment) and related applications. The joint
agreement by the two alliances is designed to ensure to customers
that AVnu-certified devices and the GENIVI platform will
interoperate and integrate seamlessly.
AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to bringing
AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) devices to market; and
GENIVI Alliance aims to drive the development and adoption of an
open IVI reference platform.
“The liaison between the GENIVI Alliance and AVnu Alliance is
important to the ‘infotainment feature’ deployment in the future for
both automakers and the tier one and all other suppliers in the
global IVI market,” said Matt Jones, GENIVI vice president.
“This relationship will simplify and improve the development of
interoperable communication systems for the automobile, ultimately
benefitting the manufacturers, suppliers, and the consumers.”
While automotive OEMs around the globe have embraced the concept of low-bandwidth vehicle communication networking with Controller Area Network (CAN) being adopted most universally, the unique and varied challenges in vehicle multimedia networking (e.g. bandwidth, QoS, scalability, cost, economies of scale, open vs. proprietary, and supplier choice) has left the door open for much debate over the best solution for multimedia from both a technical and commercial perspective. Historically, the implementation of packet switched networks has been avoided for vehicle multimedia applications due to their non deterministic nature.
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