Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) was featured at the SFCON 2023 conference in Bolzano, Italy from November 10-11. The South Tyrol Free Software Conference (SFSCON) is one of Europe’s most established annual conferences related to Free Software. The conference promotes the use of Free Software as a tool to enable innovation and competitiveness.
The Eclipse Foundation was a Platinum Supporter to help cover the conference costs, which allowed for free attendance.
There were over 800 in-person attendees at the conference including over 100 speakers and 90 plus participants in the Hackathon. The 11 speaker tracks included: Artificial Intelligence, Community, Cybersecurity, Developers, Public Code & Open Data, Legal, and more.
Eclipse SDV Program Manager Sara Gallian delivered a talk as part of the Main Track. The presentation The First Year of Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle: a successful ‘code first’ approach, highlighted the progress made since the working group’s formation about 1 year ago. The SDV Working Group has onboarded over 20 open source projects and is working on integrating several projects together to create SDV Blueprints.
Sara highlighted how initial blueprints show the potential and benefits of utilizing different projects as components to build broader solutions to address more complex problems in the SDV ecosystem. “Since we now have a critical mass of projects we are focusing on interfacing them with one another,” said Gallian. As an example, a blueprint for a fleet management system was presented. With an architecture based only on open source, the solution allows you to abstract from different vehicle hardware and database platforms.
Another key point was designing automotive-grade best practices for SDV projects:
“We want to make sure the maturity of our projects is transparent. Not only do we want to cover a broad spectrum of projects that allow you to write applications. We want to make sure that whenever you use our projects you know the maturity, capability, and whether they can be considered safe.”
Gallian invited attendees to register for the SDV Hackathon Challenge, scheduled to take place from November 28 to 30 in Munich. SDV project leads and members will attend the hackathon, continuing discussions on how projects can integrate with one another.