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  • Old but: BMW asks other automakers to collaborate on in-car open source platform

    Old news, but...

    BMW asks other automakers to collaborate on in-car open source platform

    In March of last year, we heard that Toyota had a mind to create its very own in-car operating system to "boost efficiency and speed up development." Now, it's bruited that BMW is asking any automaker who will listen to join hands in order to jointly develop an open source in-vehicle platform. The company has stated that it plans on having an open source system in a vehicle that sells 200,000 or more units within the next five to seven years, and while employees from rivals were on hand when the proclamation was made, no one was rushing to call dibs on first. Still, it sounds as if BMW will be forging ahead with or without any assistance, though bigwig Gunter Reichart did assert that BMW was "inviting other OEMs to join it [and] to exchange with it." In an apparent attempt at providing comic relief, Jim Buczkowski (Ford's director of global electrical and electronics systems engineering) stated that through its partnership with Microsoft, it already had 280,000 vehicles on the road with an open system. Hmm, clearly our definitions of "open" are somewhat incongruent.

    Granted, this is ole, but the timetable said 5-7 years (in 2008). Let's see what happens. Makes sense to me. Why should a car's media, nav, or AC interface should be such a secret? Why not tell the world what messages the system accepts, etc? APIs maybe? Remember, before the iPod, there's no way to see any integration with a foreign device whatsoever...things are changing...

    Even if it's not that open in end, at least perhaps it's possible that, if you hack one car bus, you'll hack them all...hummm
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    If I were car makers, I'd start to get something together now if they ever have an intention of doing so. Microsoft is gaining a foothold in the car software market and is expanding to new brands of cars. It's going to be Microsoft vs. a disjointed market of everyone else.


    • #3
      Yea but each OEM is going in a very different direction with the system....there's absolutely no similarities or interoperability between what their rolling out (even sync and UVO).
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