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The automotive industry is relying on digital technologies, shifting its traditional manufacturing model from hardware to software. Innovation is taking shape with such advances as autonomous drive, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), digital cockpits and vehicle electrification. The industry is also realizing vehicles are becoming mobile tech devices. Cars stream music from the cloud, allow hands-free phone calls, provide real-time traffic information, monitor speed and track fuel efficiency.

To remain competitive, automakers and their related counterparts are embracing open source development. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) — a collaborative open source project — is a key example. It is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of the connected car.

Knowing  the open source community will deliver these advances, industry frontrunners including Daimler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, are demonstrating their commitment to both open source and patent non-aggression by joining Open Invention Network.

Industry News

Renault Is Dedicated To Urban And Shared Mobility Of The Future
Groupe Renault— a French multinational automobile manufacturer— has signed up with our open source and patent non-aggression community. The cutting-edge company leverages open source to design cutting-edge vehicles, including robo-vehicle concepts, electric-powered Formula E motorsports cars, connected and autonomous vehicles.

The enterprise — which will celebrate 121 years in business soon — markets 5 unique but complementary brands worldwide: Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, has a joint venture with Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng and alliances with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. The company sold nearly 3.9 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2018, operates 36 manufacturing sites and employs more than 180,000 people. By 2022, all Groupe Renault vehicles will be connected on the key markets and 15 models will offer varying degrees of autonomy.

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SAIC, The Largest Automobile Production Enterprise in China, Joins OIN
SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd., the largest automobile production enterprise on China’s A-share market, owns more than 50 subsidiaries and is affiliated with such brands as Volkswagen and General Motors. Headquartered in Shanghai with multi-national operations, SAIC Motor embraces industrial development and innovation-driven industrial transformation. The firm has joined Open Invention Network and other worldwide automotive frontrunners to publicly show its dedication to open source technologies.

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Geely, The Top Selling Chinese Car Brand, Joins OIN
The Geely brand became the top selling Chinese car brand in China in 2017. The company is a privately-held global OEM headquartered in the city of Hangzhou, dedicated to becoming a model for collaborative innovation. As such, Geely has joined our community and other top automakers such as Daimler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. The group owns Geely Auto, Lotus, Lynk & Company, PROTON, Volvo, the London EV Company and Yuan Cheng Auto.

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China’s Largest Automotive Manufacturer Realizes Open Source Software Enables Electronic Vehicles
“Improving little by little every day is not just a slogan for Great Wall Motors. We believe in daily advances in our in-vehicle systems to improve our customers’ overall driving experience,” said Xiaozu Wang, the head of intellectual property at Great Wall Motors.

Harnessing the benefits inherent in open source software, Great Wall Motors — China’s largest manufacturer of SUVs and pickup trucks, an Electric Vehicle (EV) innovator and owner of four brands —has joined our community.  

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Yandex Joins The Protection Of Linux And The It Industry From Patent Trolling
Yandex believes the lives of millions of users change for the better only when an idea turns into a finished product and is not used for blackmail and restrictions. Yandex patents its developments and the value of open source technologies.

Yandex — a global technology firm that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, as well as on-demand transportation services, navigation products and other mobile applications — has entered our alliance to join thousands of developers for joint protection against patent law abuses.

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Carmakers Want Silicon Valley’s Tech Without Its Patent Wars
As automakers turn their vehicles into app-laden computers on wheels, there’s one habit they don’t want to acquire from Silicon Valley: fighting over patents in court. Manufacturers from BMW AG to Hyundai Motor Co. to Ford Motor Co. are trying to learn from the smartphone wars, which cost technology companies hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, as they prepare to revolutionize their vehicles.

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Automakers In Korea And Japan Embrace Defensive Patent Aggregation, But Chinese Companies Hold Out
One of the big themes in Asia’s automaking industry this year has been a significant move by Japanese and Korean brands to join defensive patent alliances. It’s a strategic shift for the industry that in many ways is being led by companies in this part of the world, rather than their North American and European counterparts. But Chinese companies have not yet followed the same path in significant numbers, and industry observers say with litigation on the rise there, buy-in from players in China will be crucial for these alliances going forward.

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Nissan, Toyota Join Ranks Of Asian Automakers Flocking To Defensive Alliances
It looks as though Nissan has become the latest member of the License On Transfer (LOT) Network. The website of the defensive alliance, whose members pledge to grant a licence to all other members anytime they transfer a patent to a third party, lists the Japanese automaker as having formally joined last Thursday, June 9th. This is only the latest sign that Asia-based car companies as a group are embracing defensive arrangements, in an attempt to mitigate the risk of technology convergence in the auto sector bringing greater numbers of NPE assertions.

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This Automaker Just Joined IBM and Google As A Patron Of Open-Source Software
While not as momentous as its introduction of the Prius in 1997—the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—Toyota Motor Corporation quietly took another bold, industry-leading step toward technological innovation last month.

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Toyota Throws Weight Behind Linux Patent Protection Group
You probably don’t think of car companies as Linux and open-source supporters. You’d be wrong.Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer, just joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history.

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  • What the industry is saying…

    For sometime, Groupe Renault has invested in developing the innovations and technologies that will enable sustainable transportation that excels in urban and rural environments and brings connected services in the vehicle. With our rapid pace of development coupled with our passion for precision, quality, and interoperability, we see leveraging open source software as an important part of our strategy.
    Groupe Renault

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