The major roadblock to the rapid adoption of technology in cars has always been vehicles’ long production cycles. But automakers are also guilty of hampering wide-scale innovation with their proprietary approach to infotainment systems and software, while dragging their feet on a collaborative, open source solution that would benefit consumers and car tech overall. That’s slowly starting to change, as automakers like Ford , GM , and BMW  gradually open their APIs to outside developers. With the announcement of a new Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup (AGL) , the free and open source software movement hopes to gain enough leverage to successfully topple traditional automotive infotainment silos.
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