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Can Open Source Solve Car-Tech Problems?Oct 16, 2012, 23:00 (1 Talkback[s])
With infotainment software changing how automobiles are designed and marketed, today's cars have become full-fledged computers with wheels. Not all software is equal, however, and lines are being drawn in a new battle of automotive operating systems.
The schism in this skirmish is between tried-and-true, traditional proprietary software systems that are less flexible and the emergence of “open source,” an unproven approach that could foster more rapid innovation. Until now, automakers have worked with a few select vendors such as Microsoft (which owns MSN) and QNX to develop software for specific vehicle lines.
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