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Whether or not you know it, Open Source is running your car.

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
self-driving cars.

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.

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Whether or not you know it, Open Source is running your car.

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 self-driving cars.

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.

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Here are a few highlights about our community members:

Hyundai | OIN Community Member

Hyundai’s Open Data Platform gathers data — such as cumulative distance traveled, fuel usage patterns and driving habits — from consumers who drive its connected cars to add value to customer experiences

Subaru | OIN Community Member

The Subaru Outback and Legacy use Open Source Software (OSS) from AGL

Self-driving car prototypes from Daimler and Ford, among others, have released datasets under open licenses

French carmaker Renault claims it created the “world’s 1st Open Source mass-market vehicle” introduced in 2017 as the POM (Platform Open Mind) which is a Twizy ultracompact Electronic Vehicle (EV) that runs on OSS

Toyota | OIN Community Member

The 2018 Toyota Camry became the 1st production vehicle in the United States to use AGL in its infotainment system

Mercedes Benz | OIN Community Member

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz vans use AGL for its new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles

OIN Community Members

Open Source Advocates | Automotive

Ford | OIN Community Member
GM | OIN Community Member
Great Wall Motors | OIN Community Member
Honda | OIN Community Member
Hyundai | OIN Community Member
SAIC Motors | OIN Community Member
Subaru | OIN Community Member
Toyota | OIN Community Member
Volvo | OIN Community Member
Mitsubishi Motors | OIN Community Member
Nissan | OIN Community Member
Mazda | OIN Community Member
Tokai Rika | OIN Community Member
Rivian | OIN Community Member
Toyota Industries Group | OIN Community Member
Suzuki
Groupe Renault | OIN Community Member
NaaS | OIN Community Member

What Members are Saying

Improving little by little every day is not just a slogan for Great Wall Motor. We believe in daily advances in our in-vehicle systems to improve our customers’ overall driving experience. Harnessing the benefits inherent in open source software to help do so completely aligns with our goals. By joining OIN, we are demonstrating our commitment to open source software, and supporting it with a pledge of patent non-aggression.  
Xiaozu WangHead of Intellectual PropertyGreat Wall Motor Company Limited

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Membership is FREE and the process is simple. We welcome all individuals & companies who advocate for Open Source and are focused on reducing risk from the threats of patent aggressors.

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Join the OIN Community

Membership is FREE and the process is simple. We welcome all individuals & companies who advocate for Open Source and are focused on reducing risk from the threats of patent aggressors.

Become a member