OSVehicle is experienced in the OSH area. The company already sells a ready-to-use platform called Tabby EVO, for EV projects. It’s completely modular, open source, available to everyone, the company said.
Agendas for automakers
From left to right: OSVehicle's Yuki Liu; Tin Hang Liu, PSVehicle's founder & CEO; Pierre Delaigue, innovation project manager at Renault; and Richard York, vice president of Embedded Marketing at ARM
As the open-source movement takes the automotive industry into uncharted territory, what other changes might it herald?
Without missing a beat, York said, “Security.” He said, “The automotive industry must start taking security seriously.” While carmakers are growing more aware of security issues, York said, they have to take more effective measures. “My advice to carmakers is to learn from what other industries have already learned and developed.”
Citing the mobile industry, York asked, “Have you heard in recent years of any serious cases in which smartphones got hacked?”
Not really, he answered himself. He said that over the last 10 years, operators and software companies have focused on security issues. “Solutions do exist today. It’s time for carmakers to learn from other industries.”
Second, connectivity is another big change the automotive industry must embrace. Carmakers need to make connectivity a priority so that they can offer over-the-air bug fixes and software updates.
However, carmakers need to sort out connectivity arrangements, so that getting connected isn’t a financial burden for vehicle owners. Connectivity, provided free of charge, should be viewed by car OEMs an opportunity to build a relationship with their customers, York said.
Third, OEMs and tier ones must start thinking of a new feature as something that they can provide via software. Every new function in a car should not require another box. “Think system,” said York.
York observed that some car OEMs and tier ones have now begun to design systems with “spare hardware capacity” to power new features later in the life of the car. Only a few years ago, that's something that would have never happened.
— Junko Yoshida, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times