Several weeks ago, we reported on the GENIVI Alliance’s decision to use MeeGo as their in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform. It seems as though a prototype of a MeeGo IVI system has made its way onto YouTube, and we have to say, it looks… interesting? The MeeGo powered system videoed is basically a fully functioning Linux system with a scrolling touch-interface built on the Xfce4 environment; complete with a shell terminal and file manager. The system is also seen running Mozilla’s Fennec browser, displaying navigation maps, and playing media. It obviously has a long way to go, but it is a step in the right direction! We’ve got the video ready for you after the break.
The GENIVI Alliance isn’t exactly a household name, but the group — whose mission is to drive “the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform” — is comprised of companies such as BMW, Delphi, GM, and Intel. Via a press release, GENIVI announced that they have “chosen MeeGo as the basis of its next reference release for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI).” The press release went onto say, “Adoption by this major automotive alliance is a testament to the cross-device, cross-architecture advantages of the MeeGo platform.” GENIVI aims to provide an open, scalable platform for mobile information and entertainment, especially in vehicles. There was no time-line given on when a Meego enable IVI system might hit the marketplace. MeeGo in your car… what do you think? More →