Virgin Hyperloop One joins GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance, a collaborative community of automakers and their suppliers developing open software for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the connected car, announced that Virgin Hyperloop One has joined the Alliance to work with the GENIVI ecosystem.
In the coming year, Virgin Hyperloop One says it will expand its entire electronics and supplier ecosystem and tap into the GENIVI community of open-source focused companies to assist in developing software quickly and cost-effectively.
"With our mission to have operational commercial systems built by 2021, Virgin Hyperloop One is ramping up its engineering resources rapidly to meet that objective," said Matt Jones, Senior Vice President, Software Engineering, Virgin Hyperloop One. "As we are moving from the project's R&D phase to true product development, we intend to hire 120 software engineers in the near future. This is the perfect time to become a member of GENIVI to adopt and extend their work, interact with other GENIVI members, and accelerate the future systems of Virgin Hyperloop One."
As Virgin Hyperloop One will work with a number of existing forms of transportation, it aligns with current GENIVI connected vehicle and smart city initiatives as well as the recently announced GENIVI Vehicle Domain Interaction Strategy. This strategy now underway plans to deliver open standard interfaces and code that will define the necessary paths bridging multiple car software domains (e.g., safety, infotainment, and consumer electronics).
"Forward thinking companies like Virgin Hyperloop One are showing increased interest in the domain interaction strategy that will enable vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to deliver a unified passenger experience across safety systems, entertainment, and passenger mobile devices," said Steve Crumb, Executive Director, GENIVI Alliance. "We welcome Virgin Hyperloop One to GENIVI and look forward to their contributions toward reinventing the transportation experience."