Companies unite on autonomous car OS to challenge Google

Asian companies, including a Toyota Motor subsidiary and LG Electronics of South Korea, have joined hands with U.S. and European companies in the development of an “open source” operating system for autonomous driving cars.

Some 20 companies and organizations have established an association under the name “Autoware Foundation” to share their technology and knowledge to challenge Google and other leaders in the development of self-driving technology.

The founding members include Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, British semiconductor design company Arm Holdings, LG, China’s Huawei Technologies group, Velodyne LiDAR, a leading American manufacturer of parts for autonomous driving, and Nagoya University.