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GENIVI Highlights at CES2017 Las Vegas

As always, the week of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a huge opportunity for visibility of GENIVI and of the technology we produce. This year’s show was no exception and one could argue, it was even more impactful with the GO NV event at which GENIVI announced its connected vehicle pilot with the city of Las Vegas (see full article later in the newsletter). Here are a few highlights of the alliance’s activities at CES.
The first activity was the two panels that made up half of the “Connect2Car” supersession, a series of four presentations jointly developed by GENIVI and SAE. John Ellis, managing director of Ellis and Associates, moderated the first panel where Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI), a GENIVI connected vehicle technology, was proposed as a uniting “language” for cars, infrastructure, data servers and other smart devices. Paul Hansen, founder and editor of the Paul Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, moderated the second panel on Accelerating Connected Car Software Development. Both panels were incredibly well attended (over 260 attendees) and given the long line of questions at the end of each, were also incredibly relevant.

Later that afternoon, GENIVI kicked off its fifth annual CES showcase and reception at the Bellagio Hotel. Over 800 visitors enjoyed the 65 showcase tables spread across 10 penthouse suites.
GENIVI would like to thank our sponsors for the great event that resulted in hundreds of valuable discussions about GENIVI’s technology solutions and related connected car technologies:
  • Irdeto (Diamond)
  • Mentor Automotive (Emerald)
  • Luxoft (Platinum)
  • HARMAN, Wind River, Abalta (Gold)
  • AppDirect, Airbiquity, ICS, Renesas, Hortonworks and Flexera (Silver)
GENIVI was also busy in our active collaborations with other organizations like Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and JASPAR, a Japan-based consortium of automakers and suppliers. GENIVI participated in a vehicle-to-smart home demonstration in the OCF booth at the Sands Convention Center. At the core of this demonstration was work in progress with OCF and W3C on the Vehicle Signaling Specification (VSS) and Vehicle Signaling Interface (VSI). To learn more, GENIVI produced a case study document of how the industry has benefited from our close collaboration with the W3C. GENIVI has for the last several CES events exchanged progress on various standards and software development with JASPAR and topics discussed this year included security, audio-video bridging, SOMEIP and a variety of others.
The week was full of engaging and meaningful activities that brought great visibility to GENIVI and its members as well as to some very core technologies being produced by the alliance and co-produced with our active partner consortia. We look forward to next year’s CES and welcome your participation at our CES2018 activities.
See photos taken during GENIVI activities @CES2017 here.

GENIVI Partners With the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility on Smart City Pilot Project 

During a 3 January GO-NV (Go Nevada) Transportation Summit in Las Vegas, GENIVI announced a joint pilot project with the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (NCAM), to bring advanced connected vehicle technology to Las Vegas to help increase awareness for pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow. The connected vehicle pilot project will integrate vehicle data with Southern Nevada’s traffic signal and roadway network to help drivers be more alert to pedestrian movements and other traffic issues.
GENIVI will deploy its Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) technology to combine Southern Nevada traffic data with information captured from vehicles outfitted with the connected vehicle technology. The combination of this traffic and vehicle information will assist us in gaining a better understanding on how to inform drivers of roadway conditions and increase awareness of other road users, such as when the vehicle nears upcoming bus stops and pedestrian crosswalks. Several GENIVI members have committed to participating in the smart city pilot project and more are expected.
The announcement received significant attention from the media and press.  Here are a few examples that appeared in Las Vegas news channels and in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun.

Registration Now Open! GENIVI All Member Meeting & Open Community Days (9-12 May) Birmingham, UK

GENIVI's spring All Member Meeting (AMM) & Open Community Days will take place 9-12 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK.  Event and hotel registration information is available here.  The cutoff date to receive the discounted hotel group rate is 21 April 2017.

The spring event brings the IVI and connected vehicle community together with business-level and technical presentations benefiting both members and nonmembers.The GENIVI AMM & Open Community Days portion will run for two days beginning in the morning of the 10th and will include the GENIVI Member Showcase event that evening. Technical breakouts will run in parallel on the 10th and also take up the full day of the 11th. Our spring theme, "Advancing Connected Vehicles in a Connected World" will explore how vehicles need to adapt to a highly connected world consisting of smart cities with smart and flexible transportation options.  A small registration fee will apply for nonmembers.  Stay tuned to for more information on the event and program.

Early Look at GDP12 (GENIVI Development Platform v12)

The GENIVI development community continues to delight us with their innovation and ability to deliver new features for the GDP – and the upcoming full release is no exception. Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the new features expected in GDP12.
Chromium browser
The solution uses the meta-browser OpenEmbedded / Yocto Project layer to build the Chromium browser for GDP from source. Since GDP uses the Wayland compositor Weston, graphics integration is provided by the Ozone-Wayland project, originally developed by Intel.

Working with GENIVI member Igalia, the development team has made several improvements to the code bases of the meta-browser layer and developed a series of integration patches for the browser into GDP.  Jacobo Aragunde has created a blog in which he describes the work he has done and also provides instructions on how you can build the Chromium browser into your GDP instance.
Enhanced Software Over-the-Air updates (SOTA)
GENIVI and Advanced Telematics Solutions (ATS) have added GDP features that improve the SOTA functionality including integrating the GENIVI Software Management component for remotely installing, removing and updating software components in a vehicle platform.
Lifecycle is not exactly a user visible feature, but it’s a core feature needed to ensure the system is in the correct state at all times. For a simple example, passengers can continue to listen to the music playing in the car when the engine is switched off. Similarly, when a driver is following a route on a map and stops for refueling, the map application resumes from where it left off when the car is restarted. GDP12 will begin to bring this lifecycle feature to fruition by means of a sample application.
Integration of Home (and Wearables) Interface into GDP
The integration into GDP utilizes vehicle to smart home connectivity via the Remote Vehicle Interaction and the Open Connectivity Foundation’s loTivity technologies.  Various scenarios include controlling in-home smart devices such as a thermostat, or light bulbs from the connected vehicles, securely controlling vehicle windows, mirrors, door locks, air conditioning and lights with a gesture-like wearable device such as a smart watch or wearable key.
These are just a few of the new features planned for GDP12. The work is on track and we are looking forward to presenting the system to GENIVI members and nonmembers during the upcoming All Member Meeting and Open Community Days in Birmingham.

For more information on GDP, visit the GENIVI Wiki.

GENIVI Bridging the Automotive Industry and Open Source at FOSDEM

GENIVI members were widely represented at FOSDEM this year and while there were fewer pure automotive talks this year, there was still a great deal of discussion on automotive open source from GENIVI members and the open source community.
Of note were a number of talks that clearly show in what direction our community is headed. That direction is broadly called “upwards” on the stack toward a more connected car and “downwards” toward the Linux kernel. GENIVI, of course, is focused on commodity middleware in the head unit, but there is a lot of open source work in automotive being done in the Linux kernel and on the network side in the cloud that connects to the GENIVI middleware.
GENIVI’s GDP team lead, Zeeshan Ali, presented Creating the open connected car with GENIVI in the embedded devroom. Many sessions in this devroom attracted a full house at FOSDEM and the GENIVI GDP talk was no exception. Zeeshan went through a little history of GENIVI then spoke about various GENIVI components coming into the GDP and went a bit deeper into several of them. GENIVI’s spins were mentioned as were the Google Summer of Code proposals, the Smart City pilot project as well as a call for volunteers made to the wider open source community. Right after the GDP talk, Konsulko’s Leon Anavi held a talk on creating hardware for the Raspberry Pi board-- it was also very popular and well done. A number of other highly relevant talks were covered in the embedded devroom:    The first of these talks was astonishing. The people at PolySync reverse engineered CAN signals to enable control by wire functionality on a name brand car. They created an automated system to control the throttle, brakes and steering. All of this was done with as much “off the shelf” hardware and software as possible and when they couldn’t find hardware to fit their needs they created it. GENIVI member PolySync is a startup that wants to build up an ecosystem around these technologies and by the looks of it they’ve had some success so far. One of the big takeaways from the talk was not how a company like this might disrupt the relationship between automotive OEMs and their suppliers, but how easy it is to reverse engineer automotive protocols and how quickly and cheaply the work can be done. The automotive design and development process is laborious, but it is that way for a reason. Those reasons, i.e., quality, safety, robustness, are unlikely to disappear anytime soon, but it’s clear that there are ambitious attempts out there to do “permissionless innovation” around the CAN network as well as other control systems in modern vehicles, and not just using software. 
Lukas Bulwahn’s talk was very enlightening. It provided a look at future plans around Adaptive AUTOSAR and CommonAPI and what direction they plan to take. It also spoke about a distinction between “control” and “cognitive” software and how traditional automotive software development is changing into a new paradigm that incorporates more powerful SoCs, artificial intelligence, and a more dynamic software structure. Many will find the paper that was the basis of this talk interesting reading.  
Lastly, the talk by Nicholas McGuire and an additional talk by another Open Source Automation Development Lab member on statistical quality measurements in Linux provided a good overview of the discoveries from the process of preparing Linux for functional safety certification. This is a hot topic among OEMs and other GENIVI members as they look to take advantage of the significantly greater power that modern silicon offers them in the vehicle overall.
From Zeeshan’s talk which spoke about the open connected car to the talks from BMW and Open Source Automation Development Lab, we can see that interest in open source and in GENIVI components is growing to embrace the cloud and the cluster. It feels like GENIVI members are pushing open source automotive software in both directions.    

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