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
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:
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
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
The 2018 Toyota Camry became the 1st production vehicle in the United States to use AGL in its infotainment system
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz vans use AGL for its new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles
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What Our Automotive Members Say
As a leader in the development of intelligent automobiles, Daimler is committed to offering the highest-quality products across our portfolio. By joining the Open Invention Network, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to innovation, and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux.
For some time, Groupe Renault has invested in developing the innovations and technologies that will enable sustainable transportation that excels in urban and rural environments and brings connected services in the vehicle. With our rapid pace of development coupled with our passion for precision, quality and interoperability, we see leveraging open source software as an important part of our strategy.
Hyundai Kia Motors are both committed to offering the highest-quality, intelligent vehicle platforms that leverage Linux and open source technologies. By joining the Open Invention Network, we will use the opportunity to further develop its infotainment platform. Moreover, we will help to ensure the ongoing development of open solutions that stimulate growth in the automotive industry.
Over its history, the automotive industry has undergone periods of significant innovation. We are now undergoing a fundamental shift in the way automotive platforms are used by consumers and businesses. Automotive Grade Linux and other OSS projects are helping the industry rapidly transform. By protecting them from patent risk, OIN has enabled automotive manufacturers to effectively integrate new kinds of software-based technologies into cars.
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.
Yandex likes Linux. We use it, commit to it. We advocate the creation of a secure zone around the Linux kernel, free from patent wars. The same goals are pursued by the Open Invention Network, which unites thousands of companies around the world.