Welcome to the PELUX Development Handbook

Revision: 3.0-alpha-8ebc7ed 2019-01-05


What is PELUX?

From pelux.io:

PELUX is an agnostic reference integration platform that enables you to build and develop automotive Linux-based systems without vendor lock-in. As an open source solution accelerator, PELUX helps you prototype and create production-ready, converged automotive systems, including advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), telematics units and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

What is the Development Handbook?

The PELUX Development Handbook documentation contains processes, instructions and how-tos for how to work with PELUX, as well as instructions for how to create a standalone project based on PELUX.

Why PELUX?

PELUX is an agnostic reference integration platform for building automotive Linux-based systems, e.g. In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. IVI systems are usually responsible for everything shown in the dashboard of the car as well as the head-unit, which is usually placed in or above the center stack where one normally had just a radio back in the days.

IVI systems are obviously put into cars by its car maker. However, most car makers do not develop the software for these systems in-house, but they contract a large software supplier. These software suppliers usually provide both hardware and software as a bundle.

With such a bundle, the software usually will only work on the specific hardware, and the only one who the car maker can utilize for upgrades or support is the supplier. This leads to vendor lock-in, and it is something we believe is bad.

With PELUX, the car maker can start working on the software directly without the need for specific hardware. PELUX works on commodity hardware and for developing UI software or generic middleware there is usually no need for the automotive grade hardware anyway. PELUX is modular enough so that once the need for automotive grade hardware arises, it can be easily modified to work with that hardware.

PELUX being open-source together with readily-available instructions in this handbook, a car maker, or any interested individual, can experiment with the system, build prototypes or simply download and run it.