Porsche launches Open Source initiative

September 21, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Porsche launches Open Source initiative
The core competence of software is essential for Porsche's future viability - Open Source software plays a key role here and is already widely used at Porsche. Thanks to a newly created regulatory process, employees can now participate even more easily in the development of Open Source software and publish code on the GitHub development platform.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche has recognised - like so many other carmakers - that not only the engineering of camshafts and transmissions are important for the future viability of a vehicle manufacturer, but also software as a core competence. Now Porsche is shifting up a gear when it comes to Open Source software.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is ubiquitous in the digital world, whether in the form of web browsers, operating systems or online encyclopaedias. This is source code worth many billions of euros that is freely available on the internet and can be used and modified by anyone. Free and Open Source software is also playing an increasingly important role in Porsche's software ecosystem: because, as the developers have recognised, whether it's mobile apps or control units in the vehicle - hardly any software today can do without Open Source components. "The advantages of Open Source are many and varied, ranging from high software maturity levels and high transparency to cost savings, faster development cycles and shorter time-to-market," comments Nik Peters, Head of Porsche Open Source Office.

Now Porsche is expanding its commitment and creating a process for submitting and publishing code on the GitHub development platform that is specifically aimed at software developers and subsidiaries such as Porsche Digital. This makes it easier for employees in the value chain to contribute to Open Source and publish code as "contributors". But that's not all: the car manufacturer is expanding its online presence and is now also represented with an official profile on GitHub. GitHub is the world's leading developer platform for Open Source software and is used by more than 50 million people.

With its Open Source initiative, Porsche plans to build a bridge to the software community comprising millions of developers. The aim is to promote cooperation in

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