MeeGo drives onto the In-Vehicle Infotainment sector

BMW, GM and Mitsubishi drivers could soon have access to Intel and Nokia’s MeeGo system.

According to the GENIVI Alliance, a not for profit industry alliance, which includes Intel, Hyundai and Nissan, the open source operating system, which is a collaboration between Intel and Nokia, will be me making an appearance in the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) sector.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, said in a statement: “MeeGo has been built from the ground up for these types of applications. Because MeeGo is a truly open platform, the work GENIVI will do to extend the platform can benefit the project and all who use it. For developers, this is a great opportunity to harness the power of the MeeGo APIs to target a variety of devices and architectures and extend their work on handset applications toward vehicles”.

MeeGo will provide the base for the upcoming GENIVI Apollo release of IVI, which will give drivers a lot of technology rolled into one. This includes a satnav, media player, Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity.

The Alliance believes that MeeGo will provide a common base that all of these applications and devices can operate on, which in turn could eventually eliminate all single gadgets. However, if you’re minted enough to afford a brand new Beemer, then having one of each gadget will hardly break your budget, but it’d be good for convenience too.

Intel and Nokia aren’t the first companies to team up with car manufacturers to offer this type of technology. In May, rumours surfaced claiming that General Motors was in talk with Google to bring Android into car systems and offer users the ability to integrate with select Android apps and Google services.

And Ford has also signed a deal with the company to integrate the SYNC AppLink program into the 2011 Ford Fiesta, which is said to give drivers hands-free access to certain Android apps, which can be controlled with voice commands or buttons on the steering wheel.