Continental has adopted a manifesto that emphasises its commitment to collaborative work with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Open-source software programs whose source code is open and accessible. Corresponding software can be used, analysed, modified and distributed by all users in compliance with the respective license provisions.
The use of open-source software can significantly save development costs and offers security and transparency for all users since weaknesses and security gaps can be quickly identified and eliminated through cooperation.
Continental has been working with open-source software for some time. The “Continental Automotive FOSS Manifesto” now underlines the growing importance of open-source software for the automotive industry.
“Open source software is essential for shaping tomorrow’s mobility,” explains Gilles Mabire, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Automotive at Continental. “Future-oriented companies rely on cooperation in the development of basic software modules. Continental is an active member of the global automotive community working on critical open software projects. This is the only way we will be able to master the major technological challenges for sustainable and modern mobility together.“
In the “Continental Automotive FOSS Manifesto”, Continental commits to include all aspects of the development and use of free and open source software in its day-to-day business, contribute to open source communities as a trustworthy partner, and as a reliable Software-driven company to always put the satisfaction of customers and employees at the centre of any commitment.
The manifesto goes hand in hand with Continental’s fundamental corporate values: trust, freedom to act, for one another and a winner mentality.
In concrete terms, this means that every employee is required to pursue the safe and responsible development and use of open-source software. The employees in software development projects are active members of the relevant open-source communities and are always looking for high-quality solutions for the FOSS community and Continental. As good “open-source citizens” they act responsibly, respectfully, and of course in compliance with all legal regulations.
Open-source software is used today in crucial developments in the automotive industry. It usually forms the basis for extended software solutions that technology companies like Continental use to implement their individual, customer-tailored innovations and shape the future of mobility.
When developing driver assistance systems, for example, open source software offers the necessary basic or middleware software into which new, exclusively programmed functionalities can be integrated according to customer requirements. As a consequence, internal know-how can be used to advance significant automotive innovations.