Renault Is Planning To Release Its Hardware As An Open-Source Automotive Platform
The POM is a compact and lightweight electric vehicle with the bodywork parts removed
Auto maker Renault is developing an open-source platform based on the Twizy that is a compact and lightweight electric vehicle with the bodywork parts removed. The POM will be made available to start-ups, independent laboratories, private customers and researchers, enabling third parties to copy and modify existing software in order to create a customizable electric vehicle. Renault has partnered with B2B company OSVehicle to develop and sell this open-source platform to the community. Bringing together entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and engineers, they will make it easier for them to build, share, distribute and modify the hardware designs of electric vehicles.
“We are sure that our community will benefit and provide value to the automotive industry, contributing with new mobility solutions and solving specific needs with a wider range of connected car and self driving technologies. Sharing common hardware platforms to everyone is a new co-creative and horizontal approach that can disrupt this industry lowering significantly costs and time-to-market,” said OSVehicle founders Tin Hang and Yuki Liu in a press release.
Renault has also collaborated with ARM technology, opening up the Twizy software and hardware architecture to allow new features, including interoperability with ARM-based connected devices. There is a diverse range of automotive technology use cases including autonomous driving, advanced cockpits, and connected car.
Check out the POM open-source platform, on show at CES 2017, in the video below: