North Bay Linux Users’ Group

general meeting

Automobiles and Linux

When: Tue July 09, 2013 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Speaker: Alison Chaiken

Location: O'Reilly Media

Linux developers play a major role in bringing forth the surprisingly near-term technology of autonomous vehicles. The talk will present lessons from a few years of work on vehicular SW and make the case that automotive software will have an outsized societal impact. Imminent decisions by government and private industry will influence how long-running problems like privacy and security play out in this new space. What code is important in automotive Linux, and what’s it like to work on it? What are the opportunities for software developers and EE’s, and where might one get started?

Alison Chaiken has worked as an automotive software developer for 3 years, starting with MeeGo-IVI at Nokia, continuing as a contractor, and then joining Mentor Embedded Software Division. She is the organizer of the Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Group and rides bicycles in any time that is somehow left over.

Edit 7/10/2013: slides from the presentation are available at

Published Thu 27 June 2013 by Jezra