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Embracing Open-Source for Automotive Innovation: ZettaScale’s Upcoming Panel Discussion

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of automotive technology, open-source software is increasingly becoming a crucial component in the development and certification of software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

Consequently, ZettaScale Technology, a leading developer of open-source communication middleware for cutting-edge applications in robotics, transportation, and more, is setting the stage to delve deeper into this topic. 

This is why we are hosting a panel titled “Open Source and Certification in Automotive” to explore the synthesis of open-source methodologies with stringent automotive safety standards.

This initiative aims to bridge the gap between innovative open-source approaches and the rigorous demands of automotive safety.

Panel Composition and Expert Insights

The panel has a lineup of experts who are at the forefront of automotive and software technology:

  • Angelo Corsaro, CEO & CTO of ZettaScale, will moderate the discussion, bringing his extensive knowledge of distributed computing systems.
  • Daniel Krippner, Open Source Technologist at ETAS, will share insights on integrating open-source practices within traditional automotive development frameworks.
  • Dana Vede, SW Process Engineer at Eclipse SDV, will discuss the challenges of open-source software in meeting the rigorous demands of automotive safety certifications like ISO-26262.
  • Frédéric Desbiens, Program Manager, Embedded, IoT, and Edge Computing at Eclipse Foundation, will share his experience with ThreadX (an Eclipse Foundation open-source project) and what it took to transition it from Microsoft to open-source.
  • Steven Hartley, Senior Software Architect at General Motors, will bring his experience from making GM’s uProtocol open source and an Eclipse SDV project.
  • Rex Schilasky, head of Rapid Prototyping Software Platform Development (ADAS) at Continental, will provide real-world perspectives on adopting open-source solutions in large automotive projects.

Addressing Certification Challenges

The panel will explore how open-source software can meet and perhaps redefine the criteria for automotive safety and functional safety standards.

Traditional interpretations of these standards often seem incompatible with open-source practices. However, the discussion aims to shed light on how these apparent discrepancies can be reconciled to foster innovation while ensuring safety.

ZettaScale panel discussion on Automotive innovation

Why This Matters

An increasing number of OEM and Tier-1 are looking at open-source software as a way to accelerate and share the cost of innovation as well as a way to modernise how software is developed within the automotive industry. 

This poses new challenges concerning certification since the traditional interpretation of norms such as the ISO-26262 appears opposite to many open-source practices. But is it? 

This panel will explore some pioneering activities on open-source certification, the challenges, opportunities, practices, and the changes appropriate for standardisation norms.

Join the Discussion

The event is streamed live on YouTube on the 30th of April at 3 pm CET. It’ll provide a platform for software engineers, software architects, developers and automotive industry professionals to gain direct insights from leading experts in the field. 

Angelo Corsaro, the host of this panel, said: “ZettaScale is playing an active role in establishing an innovative and viable Open-Source framework for next-generation automotive. We are thrilled to host a panel with industry veterans discussing how to Certify Open-Source for Automotive.”

As we approach the highly anticipated release of Eclipse Zenoh 1.0.0, and with major players like General Motors already on board as early adopters, the automotive industry is on the brink of a major shift. 

The insights from this panel have the potential to dictate the direction of automotive software development in the years to come.

ZettaScale Technology continues to lead the charge in leveraging open-source innovation to redefine automotive software standards. Join us to be part of this transformative journey in the automotive industry.



ZettaScale’s mission is to bring to every connected human and machine the unconstrained freedom to communicate, compute and store — anywhere, at any scale, efficiently and securely. The company develops open source communication middleware that underpins next-generation robotics, transportation and mission critical applications. As devices in the physical world become connected, instrumented and interdependent, ZettaScale enables device creators to easily achieve robust, secure and scalable communication.

ZettaScale was spun out from ADLINK Technology Inc. in 2022, with a strategic investment from TTTech Auto. ZettaScale has offices in the U.K., France and The Netherlands.

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