Renesas R-Car starter kit accelerate IVI development for connected cars

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) has adopted the Renesas R-Car starter kit as one of its standard reference platforms for software development. AGL is a collaborative, open source project of vehicle makers, suppliers and technology companies, to build a Linux-based, open software platform for automotive applications as the de facto industry standard.

Adopting the Renesas R-Car starter kit makes it easy for software developers to acquire the hardware environment that runs software developed by the AGL project and allows them to develop in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) application software for next-generation connected cars.

 The R-Car starter kit supports the Unified Code Base (UCB) 3.0, released by the AGL project earlier this year. The R-Car starter kit enables the latest 64-bit software development environment to be applied seamlessly to automotive applications. There are also two IVI development expansion boards from a Renesas partner that can be used with the R-Car starter kit will be available in July 2017. The standard expansion board includes multiple displays and a range of network interfaces. The advanced model provide interfaces that can be expanded to up to eight channels of camera input as well as high-speed/large-capacity storage.

 There are over 190 companies in the R-Car ecosystem, offering support to develop IVI application software and free-of charge Renesas libraries, designed to assist development and reduce costs.

 “We are pleased that our R-Car starter kit has been adopted as one of the standard reference platforms by the AGL project dedicated to creating industry-standard advanced open source software,” said Masahiro Suzuki, vice president, head of Automotive Information Solution Business Division, Renesas Electronics. “Software developers will now have access to both R-Car starter kit hardware and AGL Unified Code Base, which allows them to put all their efforts into developing even higher level specialised software.”


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