Eclipse Foundation launches open source collaboration around software-defined vehicles


One of the largest open source software (OSS) foundations in the world, the Eclipse Foundation, announced this week an invitation to industry leaders to join in the launch of a new task force initiative specifically focused on the development of a new category of open source software-defined vehicles.

Alongside the Eclipse Foundation, several leading industry players are joining the foundation’s open source collaborative effort, including Microsoft, Red Hat, Bosch, and others.

“With digital technologies opening up the future of accessible, sustainable and safe transport experiences, mobility service providers are increasingly looking to differentiate themselves through software innovation,” said Ulrich Homann, vice president of the company and distinguished architect at Microsoft. “By standardizing the development, deployment and management of software-defined vehicles through collaboration in the open source space, companies can deliver bespoke mobility solutions to their customers faster and can focus on innovations.

The Eclipse Foundation initiative aims to provide “individuals and organizations with a mature, scalable and user-friendly environment for collaboration and innovation in open source software,” according to the foundation’s press release.

Advantages for mobility

The new working group will focus entirely on building next-generation vehicles based on open source. By opening this open source project, the foundation hopes to leverage solutions and innovations from the best and brightest companies and individuals around the world, with the goal of creating a solid foundation for software-defined vehicles and future mobility.

“The software-defined vehicle will play a key role in the future of mobility,” said Christoph Hartung, president and chairman of embedded systems manufacturer ETAS, in a press release. “The explosive increase in complexity can only be contained by working closely together as we are doing in this initiative. “

The foundation is focused on promoting an environment from which to pave the way for software-defined vehicles, but it doesn’t stop there. Eclipse is also examining how its new task force and the innovation of software-defined vehicles can be used to create robust accessibility options for people with various disabilities and physical needs.

“The transfer of personalized functionality between vehicles and brands will be made easier – let’s assume a rental car,” Sven Kappel, vice president and project manager for Bosch, told VentureBeat. “So, within the given material constraints, the needs of [an] the impaired car user could be recovered much faster and supported by a large developer base with lower implementation cost than conventional vehicle architecture and software development paradigms.

A future defined by software

Software-defined vehicles have captured the attention of industry leaders, academics and the public. Next-generation vehicle developers are increasingly looking to provide advanced mobility options to serve the global community, just as smart city technologies and initiatives are also on the rise.

The benefits of this open source working group can extend beyond vehicles to other industries, including cloud computing and manufacturing. A similar work initiative focused on open source in another industry sector could create benefits ranging from collaborative interdisciplinary solutions to the thoughtful inclusion of anticipated consumer needs early on.

As the automotive industry, like other sectors, continually pivots towards a software-defined future, interdisciplinary collaboration with open source technology will further drive innovation. Manufacturers and suppliers will be better equipped to take advantage of standards that make innovations accessible to more people – for the software-defined vehicle space, that means being able to bring customizable features to drivers and passengers to a company. accelerated pace, Homann explained to VentureBeat via email.

“A global open source community can leverage a wide variety of voices, which can lead to greater participation, such as the contribution of development tools and principles that can enhance diversity and inclusion,” said Homann said.

By building and using a strong, open foundation, automakers around the world will be able to focus on key differentiators for customers, such as mobility services and user experience improvements, while saving money. time and money on non-differentiating elements, such as operating systems, middleware and communication protocols, states the press release from Eclipse.

“Although we have deep roots in the automotive community, a project of this scale and scale has never been attempted before,” said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. “This initiative allows participants to enter the ‘grassroots’ level and ensure that they each have an equal voice in this project.

The future of software-defined vehicles

The Eclipse Foundation – which has reportedly fostered more than 400 open source projects to date – looks to the future as it attempts an open source project unlike any of its previous 400. By creating an environment that she says will become “an open ecosystem for deploying, configuring and monitoring vehicle software in a secure and secure manner,” and help achieve a significant transformation for the large-scale industry. ladder.

“The end goal of this project is a whole new type of automobile defined in free and open software that can be downloaded in a standard chassis. Adding new features to your call will simply require a software update. A huge first step in a new era of vehicle development, ”said a press release from Eclipse.

A transport and logistics report released in August by market data company Statista predicts that electronic systems will account for nearly 50% of the total price of a new car by 2030. Moreover, the report claims that even before that date, by 2025, about 33 % of new cars sold will be operated by an electric battery. In fact, the report predicts that over the next decade, the rise of mobility services and autonomous vehicles will spark a revolution across the automotive industry.

In addition, another recent report, entitled “2021 Software Defined Vehicles Research Report: Architecture Trends and Industry Overview, points out that to keep pace with the auto industry Joneses, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must “open up vehicle programming to all companies by simplifying vehicle software development and increasing frequency updates, in order to control the ecological resources of planners. This further underscores the ultimate goal of the Eclipse Foundation to invite industry leaders to collaboratively build next-generation vehicles based on open source.

According to the press release, Eclipse plans to create a space fueled by “transparency, vendor neutrality and a shared voice” to ensure that all participants in the open source project have the opportunity to shape the future of the working group. – and the very future of vehicle development itself.


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Margie D. Carlisle