Tesla wants to make part source code for autonomous driving cars

Aug

13

2018

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Elon Musk intends to make parts of the security software used by Tesla for autonomous driving available to other car manufacturers as open source software. According to him, that is important for a safe future with autonomous driving.

Musk confirms the plan for releasing the source code after a question-and-answer session during the Defcon conference. The other car manufacturers would have access to the open source software at no cost. Under what conditions the security software will be released, Musk said no further.

Tesla has a lot of data from practice thanks to the presence of Autopilot and hardware for semi-autonomous driving in tens of thousands of vehicles on the road. This enables the company to further develop its security software. A research firm claimed earlier this year that the company is nevertheless lagging behind in terms of developing autonomous driving compared to competitors. This month there must be an update with which Tesla’s in the long term must be able to drive completely autonomously.

In May, Tesla already made the build key code for creating the Autopilot system image available on GitHub, as well as the source code of the Linux kernel for Nvidia Tegra’s infotainment system. The company promised to release more source code and to set up a page with information about it. FossBytes noted that this step was taken after the Software Freedom Conservancy had been urging Tesla to do so for years, because the company uses technology that falls under the gpl license and Tesla acts in violation of those licenses through parts of its software keep closed.

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