The popularity of Linux in the world is gaining momentum. This is because in many areas it is recognized as better than Windows.
One more proof is that Linux is introduced in the newest cars. Recently, Google has released hardware for the automotive market that works with the Linux operating system. And this is not regular hardware, but an autopilot for cars. Linux’s already onto cars.
This hardware was developed on the basis of Ubuntu distribution and installed on Toyota Prius. The car, chosen to participate in the experiment, drove 500,000 miles without the participation of a driver and avoided any accidents.
Why do you think Windows was not installed? Because there is a risk that the system would hang up or catch a virus.
Installing hardware like this involves taking responsibility because the car is a dangerous means of transport, and in case of hardware failure on a highway with a large number of vehicles, the accident will surely have its tragic consequences.
According to Vlad, CEO at ITRate.co, already today in the U.S. they are conducting tests of such cars equipped with Linux. And plan to give their consent on their use in the near future, in case such devices will have safety certificates.
Google, IBM, and Continental AG have already met. During the meeting, they considered the fact of cooperation in the manufacture of such autopilots for cars. It is very possible that soon the vehicles will not need any drivers. But until then, it will take some time, and now it is worth studying Linux because it is the future.
It is also worth noting that autopilots are already used by Tesla and Uber, but the presence of a driver in the car, however, is mandatory to take control in case of a critical situation.
Automation has not circumvented truck management as well. Thus, the already above-mentioned Tesla company has developed a Tesla Semi 2019. In addition to the fact that the truck has an autopilot, it is also an electric vehicle which can travel more than 800 kilometers on a single battery.
Summing up, it is possible to say that IT technologies have long ago got to cars and became their integral part. At the same time, there is still room for growth and development which is what giant car companies are actually busy with.