Why the connected car rides on open source

Traditionally, technology initiatives in the automotive industry have tended to be highly fragmented, with car makers favoring proprietary technology and in-house development to retain as much competitive advantage as possible. But that approach is quickly becoming obsolete in the new connected car era. We now find ourselves in an environment that involves a far more complex set of software and hardware systems to interoperate in a proper manner that satisfies the stringent road safety requirements of today…

In recent years, we have seen some key coalitions form in the field to collaboratively advance the car of the future. These include the Linux Foundation’s ELISA (Enabling Linux In Safety Applications) project that brings together automotive OEMs and chip manufacturers to develop standards around open-source safety-critical systems, the connected vehicles initiative at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Connected Car Working Group at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA).