In-Vehicle-Infortainment or IVI for short is an exciting place to be right now, and it doesn’t get much more exciting than the Rally fighter vehicle, which is the first Open Source Tizen Operating System based connected car, made by Local Motors, in collaboration with IBM and Intel. The company welcomes co-creation and open-sourced collaboration, and therefore Tizen is a natural fit for it.

Local motors were originally approached by Joe Speed from IBM about creating an open source connected car, that would be showcased at the upcoming IBM Impact Conference April 27 – May 1, in Las Vegas.

This open source connected Rally Fighter will be:

  • Linux powered with Tizen IVI / Automotive Grade Linux www.tizenassociation.org automotive.linuxfoundation.org
  • Intel open source Galileo board wired into the control harness via Arduino relay boards http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/do-it-your...
  • Node-RED which is Node.js for the Internet of Things controlling the systems http://nodered.org nodejs.org
  • open standard, open source Eclipse Paho MQTT connecting to IBM MessageSight in the IBM IoT Cloud on Softlayermqtt.org eclipse.org/paho[email protected]
  • leveraging IBM’s BlueMix open source Cloud Foundry instance with Big Data Streams, Hadoop, Cloudant and other technologies
  • all visualization & remote control implemented with HTML5+MQTT (via HTML5 websocket) being designed with IBM Worklight Studio.

The Linux Foundation formed the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) to “facilitate widespread industry collaboration that advances automotive device development, providing a community reference platform that companies can use for creating products.”

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is an open collaboration between contributors from the Automotive Industry, the Communications Industry, Semiconductor Industry, Academia, Community and others, combining open source components into a core operating system software stack suitable for automotive applications. The AGL Reference Platform utilizes Tizen IVI as its core operating system stack and adds middleware packages and a user experience to it.

Below is a video showing the Intel Galileo board connectivity:


We will be bringing you a lot more about this exciting project soon 🙂