Latest in Atom

Image credit:

Intel working on Linux car-computing initiative

Nilay Patel
05.21.08
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links


We've been hearing about in-car computing forever, it seems, but it looks like the concept might finally be taking off: Microsoft is busy with Auto, there's a proposed .car TLD, BMW is working on in-car internet access, and now Intel is looking to smart up your ride with a vehicle-oriented version of its Moblin OS. The Linux-based system will run on -- what else? -- Atom processors, and carmakers are expected to use it to control everything from in-car systems to nav and multimedia functions. What's more, third-party developers will be able to build apps and services for the platform, in contrast to the mostly-closed systems being proffered by competitors. That's pretty cool, but let's hope there's some virtualization going on between the userspace and the in-car systems controller -- we're not exactly ready to run Firefox on the same machine that's in charge of the brakes.

[Image is of that Atari-fied 1979 Buick Riveria]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Epic makes 10,000 lifelike photogrammetry assets free for Unreal Engine

Epic makes 10,000 lifelike photogrammetry assets free for Unreal Engine

View
Apple TV+'s head of scripted and unscripted shows has left the company

Apple TV+'s head of scripted and unscripted shows has left the company

View
Snap Spectacles 3 review: A better, more sophisticated novelty

Snap Spectacles 3 review: A better, more sophisticated novelty

View
Disney+ has arrived, here's everything you need to know

Disney+ has arrived, here's everything you need to know

View
Disney+ gets every 'Star Wars' movie in 4K, Dolby Vision and Atmos

Disney+ gets every 'Star Wars' movie in 4K, Dolby Vision and Atmos

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr