Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

Other state-of-the-art IT domain where open source breaks through is the «Automotive» o Self-driving. And in general, the automotive industry thanks to the use of Accessible and reliable operating systems, for all types of cars and vehicles.

Let us remember that, automate the operation and achieve full autonomy of a vehicle, car or robot, keeping it connected as long as possible to the cloud is one of the great achievements that currently seeks to conquer the automotive industry today. Since, the full automation, autonomy and connectivity will allow them to create new products, services and businesses.

Automotive Grade Linux

For those interested in exploring some of our previous related posts with the scope of Automation of cars, «Automotive» o Self-driving Through the use of Linux, you can click on the following links, after finishing reading this publication:

"Automotive Grade Linux / AGL is an open source collaborative project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the car of the future. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable the rapid development of new features and technologies.".

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Open Automotive: Existing Projects

Open Automotive: Existing Projects

What is meant by automotive today?

La «Automotive» o Self-driving currently refers to the ability to create the conditions for a vehicle, car or robot, be able to imitate human capacities for management and control. That is to say, that he is able to perceive the environment that surrounds him and navigate accordingly through it. A driver could choose the destination, but would not require activating any mechanical operation of the destination.

To achieve many of these goals, vehicles are equipped with technologies capable of perceiving the environment using complex techniques such as laser, radar, lidar, global positioning system and computer vision. And then, through advanced control systems, this information is analyzed to identify the most appropriate route, as well as obstacles and relevant signaling.

Sometimes the technologies or projects developed They can be applied on vehicles, cars or robots, and other times on the external environment (city, environment) for excellent feedback.

Known projects

Donkey car

It is a self-driving car platform for hobbyist remote control cars. Donkey Car is made up of several components, one of which is a high-level self-driving library written in Python, which has been developed with the aim of allowing quick experimentation and easy contribution. Plus, it brings together a community of enthusiasts, developers, and data scientists who enjoy racing, coding, and discussing the future of ML, cars, and who will win the next race.

Open Mobility Foundation (OMF)

The Open Mobility Foundation is an open source software foundation that governs a platform called the "Mobility Data Specification" (MDS). The MDS is comprised of a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and code projects that enable standard communication between cities and public right-of-way users to enhance safety and protect residents. This project currently helps manage driverless micromobility programs.

Linux for cars from Red Hat

Since this year, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat, is working on a Linux Operating System for the automotive industry that is functionally secure and constantly evolving. This Operating System, designed from trusted components of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and in collaboration with the Exida company, is expected to receive continuous updates throughout its life cycle and maintain the most important functional security certifications. This project seeks to provide greater flexibility to the automotive software ecosystem.


Surely, in addition to these 3 open projects there are some other known or innovative equals, such as, the project of Ubuntu Automotive and its developments and associated technologies contributed. So if you know of any others, we leave their name in the comments so that we can all meet and explore them.

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In summary, the current technology of «Automotive» o Self-driving, both those of free and open development, as well as those of private, closed and commercial development, is a IT field in full growth and development. And that also, along with other cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing, 5G / 6G and others, has a great role ahead, in terms of the very great technological future that can await humanity.

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