GENIVI Alliance

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit automotive industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of open source, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software and providing open technology for the connected car. The GENIVI Alliance was founded on March 2, 2009 by BMW Group, Delphi, GM, Intel, Magneti-Marelli, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Visteon, and Wind River Systems.[1]

GENIVI Alliance
FormationMarch 2009[1]
TypeNot for Profit Consortium
HeadquartersSan Ramon, California, United States
Founding Charter, Charter, Core, Associate[2]
Key people
Steve Crumb (Executive Director), Kyle Walworth (Chairman), Peter Schönenberg (President), Robert Zompi (Vice President), Armando Hernandez (Secretary), Mikael Söderberg (Treasurer)


The GENIVI structure contains the following:

  • Board of Directors
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
  • System Architecture Team
  • Expert Groups
  • GENIVI open source software project

The board consists of Founding Charter and Charter members, and a small number of elected Core members.

Each of the Expert Groups is led by an Automotive OEM and supported by a Tier 1 supplier.


GENIVI is an open development community collaboratively producing automotive software components, standard APIs, and a development platform for in-vehicle infotainment and connected vehicle solutions. Having introduced Linux and open source software approaches to the automotive software ecosystem, GENIVI provides OEMs and their suppliers new and more efficient methods of producing car software. GENIVI focuses on delivering a GENIVI Development Platform (GDP)[3] that equips both automotive and non-automotive developers to rapidly prototype new, innovative solutions in an automotive, embedded Linux context.

GENIVI manages a members-only GENIVI Compliance program[4] based on the GENIVI Platform Compliance Specification which is released twice annually to GENIVI members. More than 20 companies have successfully registered their IVI solutions as GENIVI Compliant(tm).[5]


GENIVI Development Platform (GDP)

The primary deliverable from GENIVI is its open source, automotive development platform where prototypes and innovative IVI and connected vehicle solutions can be rapidly developed and tested in an open community. GDP[3] runs on a number of professional automotive hardware platforms (Intel, Renesas, nVidia, Qualcomm) as well as low cost boards like the RaspberryPi 2/3. This makes the GDP a useful tool for both professional automotive developers and non-automotive developers needing a low cost and fast way of developing automotive software.

Software architecture

At the core of GENIVI deliverables is a software architecture consisting of functional requirements and the software components that implement them. The Architecture is best described in the GENIVI Platform Compliance Specification, a members-only document that is updated twice a year.

Software components

The GENIVI software architecture is composed of existing open source software components, but automotive-specific software is also implemented to complete the GENIVI architecture. This automotive-specific software respects the GENIVI license policy and is hosted in public open source projects. GENIVI has launched its own public open source project[6] where they host the repositories of more than 80 software components including the ones listed below:

  • AF_BUS D-Bus optimization: performance improvement for D-Bus IPC mechanism
  • Audio manager: management of audio sources routing and mixing
  • Infotainment layer manager: graphical layer management
  • Diagnostic Log and Trace: Interface for automotive diagnostic

The software interfaces of GENIVI software components are defined using Franca IDL. Based on this formally defined interface description language, integration with other platforms and standards can be established. This allows the interoperability of GENIVI systems and non-GENIVI systems. (e.g., an integration with the AUTOSAR standard is developed in 2014.[7]

Development baseline

The GENIVI Alliance defines and maintains reference baselines. Those baselines are public open source software platforms listed as part of the GENIVI open source software projects.[8] The goals of the GENIVI baselines are:

  • to verify the GENIVI software architecture buildability
  • to integrate the GENIVI software components together
  • to verify the impact of the GENIVI software architecture on software dependencies and platform licenses

The GENIVI software baselines are compatible with both ARM and x86 architectures.

Compliance program

The GENIVI compliance program evaluates and certifies the infotainment platforms against the GENIVI software architecture defined in the GENIVI Platform Compliance Specification. The GENIVI compliance program is a member benefit for GENIVI members.

The GENIVI Alliance has already registered multiple compliant platforms for each of the GENIVI software architecture releases.


GENIVI has more than 140 members,[9] among them: (Updated as of May 29th, 2017)


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