Other manufacturers have developed proprietary operating systems, or are using uITRON or the Windows Automotive operating system developed by Microsoft Corp.
Sony’s reason for using Linux is “to make good use of our expert knowledge about Linux,” according to a company spokesman.
Already, Sony has used Linux in a wide range of digital devices. The in-house knowledge about Linux, acquired in developing digital devices, can now be applied to car navigation systems. Consideringthe potential for hooking up a car navigation system to other devices, choosing Linux is perfectly natural, the spokesman said.
Sony is an official observer at the Windows Automotive Forum, but appears committed to using Linux in car navigation systems in the future.
Source: NEAsia Online