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Jaguar Land Rover develops in-car firmware updates

Cliff Saran

Car maker Jaguar Land Rover has developed an open source framework to enable remote firmware to update in-car entertainment systems.

The company has collaborated with Xchanging, which provides cloud-based vehicle management; and Arynga, which offers software over the air.

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The proof of concept system allows remote software and firmware updates to be sent to vehicles over standard network protocols.

It works on Intel-based hardware running the Tizen open source Linux distribution.

Matt Jones, senior technical specialist for infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This proof of concept shows the real power of open platform development going forward. We look forward to showcasing the output of the collaboration.”

The system was created in less than 12 weeks using Arynga's CarSync technology and Xchanging’s VMS services on top of Jaguar Land Rover's open source framework, which supports an HTML5 graphical user interface. It is compliant with the reference design from industry body GENIVI, an open source consortium developing specifications for in-car entertainment system.

Jaguar Land Rover has used Arynga’s Software's CarSync over the air (OTA) product, along with Xchanging’s Vehicle Management Systems cloud-based applications and interfaces.

“We are at the beginning of an exciting new era of connected vehicle interacting with hundreds of in-vehicle systems and customer devices, and-cloud based applications, such as music, video and social networking," said Walter Buga, CEO of Arynga. 

"OTA updating of these systems and applications will drive a landmark series of benefits for the supply chain, the OEMs and ultimately the consumer."


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