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Will Your Next New Car Have Linux Inside?

Mar 14, 2008, 21:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack M. Germain)

"In the 1980s, auto manufacturers began using simple computers called the 'engine control unit,' or ECU, to monitor and regulate such things as fuel mixture and spark plug timing. Since then, a cottage industry has developed around hardware and software to bypass, tinker with or replace this system. A significant chunk of the players in this space use open source software, which cuts down on costs and improves the development process.

"Open source usage in the automotive industry is small but growing. This cottage industry is thriving among hard-core car buffs and open source zealots. However, the mainstream automotive industry has shown little interest in revamping traditional proprietary platforms or replacing them with a full line of open source alternatives..."

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