ELON MUSK has announced that he is looking at open sourcing the code for his Tesla autonomous cars.
One of the biggest advantages of open source is that it allows independent security researchers to access the code and spot the vulnerabilities that might go unnoticed during the internal auditing.
To make things more secure, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted at the possibility of open sourcing Tesla software code for a “safe self-driving future for all.”
In an announcement on Twitter he said:
Great Q&A @defcon last night. Thanks for helping make Tesla & SpaceX more secure! Planning to open-source Tesla vehicle security software for free use by other car makers. Extremely important to a safe self-driving future for all.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 11, 2018
The world of connected cars and self-driving vehicles is a relatively newer area that’s increasingly witnessing security threats
Tesla has faced a lot of heat when it comes to following the open source norms. After lots of criticism, just earlier this year in May, Tesla announced its plans to open source some part of the code of its software that used many GPL-licensed technologies.
We don’t know yet if Elon Musk really wishes to act well on his promise and boost the security of connected cars in the process. In the long run, it’s also expected to benefit Tesla from a marketing viewpoint as Musk can boast of a better security standard as compared to others.
In the past, we’ve come across incidents of Tesla becoming a target of hackers and this step could turn out to be an encouraging one.
The Tesla code, once licensed to manufacturers, could turn out to be the beginning of an open standard which would drive down costs. Plus of course every firm that licensed the tech would be adding its expertise to locking it down securely, such is the beauty of the open source.
The tweet didn’t say he was going to open source the self driving software but the “Tesla vehicle security software”. To me those are two different things.