BMW wants to go open

By Doug Schaefer

Ian Skerrett, our fine director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation, pointed out this article from MotorAuthority.com.
BMW apparently is feeling out the market to see if there is an appetite
by tier one manufacturers to work together on an open source stack for
in-car infotainment systems.

The concept BMW has in mind reminds me a lot of Google's Android
who just recently released all the source to the Android platform for
cell phones. Android is Google's attempt to open up the software stack
for much the same reason BMW wants it for automotive, to ensure leading
edge software applications can be built for those platforms with
minimal obstacles. We'll see how well the master plan works, but I like
the concept.

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