Open source started as a software-development phenomenon, but it has grown far beyond those roots. As a case in point, EDAG presented an open-source car at the recent Geneva Motor Show, as AutoBlog reports.
- The use of (O)LED technology as both driver-configurable exterior lighting units and as a television screen-like safety feature that alerts those behind of road conditions;
- Its 100% recyclable basalt fiber chassis (said to be at once lighter and cheaper than carbon-fiber or aluminum);
- Or the fact that this is an open-source effort, with EDAG taking the lead but freely opening up the car's technologies to outside developers for improvement and modification.
It's not open source's first foray into the automobile industry, of course. In 2008 BMW and other automobile manufacturers released an open-source infotainment system. In both cases, open source is seen as a way to streamline the research and development process, making it more cost effective.
Whether it will is an open question, but one that the auto industry is apparently increasingly willing to ask.
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