Pow! Renault Creates Twizy-Based Open-Source POM (This particular’s a Car, Sort Of)
Renault will be claiming in which This particular has created the “world’s first open-source mass-market vehicle.” in which sort of stretches the definition of mass market—the automobile, named POM (for Platform Open Mind), will be based on the not-for-the-U.S. Twizy ultracompact EV—yet the more pressing question will be what Renault means when This particular calls This particular vehicle open source.
Turns out the vehicle itself, which Renault introduced at the CES technology show, will be not open source, yet the software This particular runs on will be. Renault partnered with software specialist OSVehicle in addition to processor maker ARM to crack open the POM’s operating system in addition to will offer the automobile to “startups, independent laboratories, private customers, in addition to researchers.” The move allows “third parties to copy in addition to modify existing software to create a totally customizable electric vehicle.” Sounds to us like any vehicle could be made to be open source—just take all the security measures off the software in addition to declare This particular so! yet maybe This particular’s not in which simple.
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Still, what Renault has done will be noteworthy. By giving researchers in addition to electronic fiddlers access to a mildly rebranded Twizy, Renault will be getting ahead of the industry’s curve toward integrating its vehicles with third-party apps in addition to features. Fostering relationships with developers in addition to additional tinkerers likely will pay off for Renault inside future inside form of Renault-compatible apps in addition to such. The company isn’t alone in This particular thinking—Ford opened up its AppLink app-to-car integration software to the coding community years ago in addition to recently formed a multi-automaker consortium in which shares in which very software, aiming to encourage developers to make their apps compatible with those automakers’ cars.