Marty Mcfly was supposed to have gone to the year 2012 and seen flying cars. It’s 2012, and we’re just now talking about an open-source OS running the apps in our GPS-signal locked driverless vehicles. Does something smell bad here or is it just me?

Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota are among the early adopters of something called the Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. The Linux Foundation has finally joined tech companies Harman, NEC, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments, Samsung and Intel. In case you’ve forgotten, Tizen is the platform backed by the latter two companies and which will probably have a larger say, than perhaps, Harman or NEC.

Why this foundation exists, is to make car-apps, and create standards for implemented devices and services that may run in the background. Imagine a vehicle, such as the ones presented by Honda or Google. All you’ve got to do is look at instrumentation clusters and watch movies or check Twitter. As noted earlier, Tizen will be making a debut in this brave new world: connectivity between Tizen phones and Tizen-run devices in vehicles will be the priority for Samsung and Intel. A Tizen phone you say? They haven’t surfaced yet, but according to official sources, such a release will be seen sometime in 2013.

All this fancy tech may seem luxurious but, as the group has been quoted, “Carmakers can use Linux and open source technologies to accelerate innovationA community distribution for automotive Linux is essentialThere are a core set of requirements specific to the automotive industry, and collaborative development can help meet those needs faster and more efficiently.

It appears as if the wheels of progress are now almost a literal term!

What’s your take on driverless vehicles, Linux Foundation throwing its chunk ‘o change into the $10B backed platform, and Samsung releasing Tizen OS to run the whole show?