GM has announced that it will join the Eclipse Foundation, one of the largest open source software foundations in the world.
The Detroit-based automaker will participate in the Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) Working Group, which is intended to nurture innovation and growth of automotive-grade software through the use of open source and open specifications. Participants from the GM Ultifi platform, along with others from various automakers, will collaborate in the group.
“By joining the Eclipse Foundation’s SDV Working Group, we aim to bolster collaboration within the industry to increase software reuse and interoperability across the automotive industry, therefore benefitting customer experiences at scale,” GM executive chief architect of Software Defined Vehicles Frank Ghenassia was quoted as saying. “By creating an open, shared software-defined vehicle protocol, we hope we can enable software to be easily shared across multiple companies and across smartphones, vehicle computers and cloud services. We hope others join us in this pursuit so customers can enjoy the benefits.”
General Motors will also contribute to uProtocol, which is designed to encourage greater standardization in the automotive space in regard to software. This standard is expected to create easy-to-use software that enhances the customer’s experience of their vehicle. Without a standardized system, there’s the potential of a broken system where each automaker would require unique codes, making it more difficult to expand services.
“We are excited that GM is joining the Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle industry collaboration,” Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich was quoted as saying. “They have clearly recognized the fundamental shift to collaborative open source software development that is taking place within the automotive market. Their contributions will help enable faster time-to-market, reduced development costs, new sources of revenue and new service models for the entire industry.”