Elon Musk has tweeted that Tesla is planning to “open-source Tesla vehicle security software.” The code will be free to use by any other car manufacturer out there. According to Musk’s tweet it is “Extremely important to a safe self-driving future for all.”
Now, the announcement was welcomed by all in the media but Musk did not say when exactly Tesla would release the codes. And still, fully autonomous cars are not allowed in public without a driver behind the wheel. We don’t need to remind anyone about the Uber incident, the Tesla one or the driverless bus from Navya crash.
Tesla’s code would basically give other companies a platform to easily work their way up from and would eliminate the need for them to develop their own connected car security technology.
In addition, if any other car manufacturers would adopt the Tesla approach, it could, in fact, just set a standard (albeit, unofficial) for connected car security, which would be great for Tesla, simply from a marketing perspective.