The automotive industry was an early adopter of Open Source and one that saw the benefits of reducing costs, accelerating development, introducing new features and even differentiating brands.
Today, vehicles are becoming mobile tech devices. In other words, automakers are becoming software companies. They realize Open Source is here today, here to stay and fundamental for the future. Linux — a family of Open Source Operating Systems — is paving the road for advancements we never envisioned and helping them become reality. Who would have imagined cars would stream music from the cloud, allow hands-free phone calls, offer infotainment systems, provide real time traffic information, monitor speed and track fuel efficiency? Chances are, you have Linux under your hood. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Great Wall Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Renault, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota and other manufacturers throughout the world are using Open Source Software (OSS) and/or Open Source Hardware (OSH) in one way or another.
A key open source project for the industry is Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). A collaborative Open Source project at the Linux Foundation, AGL brings together global automakers, suppliers, developers and tech companies to accelerate the progress and adoption of the connected car through a fully open, shared software platform. Linux is also fueling innovation for the future — Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), digital cockpits, vehicle electrification and eventually
Knowing the Open Source community is — and will continue — delivering technology advances to promote competition, foster growth and meet consumer desires, a growing number of automotive industry frontrunners are publicly demonstrating their commitment to both Open Source and Patent Non-Aggression by joining our community.
Here are some interesting facts about some of our automotive members and Open Source: