CEO Elon Musk says Tesla is now open to licensing software and supplying powertrains and batteries to other automakers struggling to make electric vehicles.
We recently reported that automakers recognize that Tesla is a leader in several key areas of development and construction of electric vehicles.
Volkswagen was quite open about the fact that it lags behind when it comes to software, and that Tesla has taken the lead.
Hebert Diss, chairman of Volkswagen, even said that the company was implementing what he internally called a “Tesla connection plan” to close the software gap between the German automaker and Tesla.
Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said they are ready to help.
In response to these latest comments, Musk wrote on Twitter:
“Tesla is open to software licensing and the supply of powertrains and batteries. We are just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not suppress competitors! “
The CEO even said that Tesla would be ready to get an autopilot license ̵1; although he had previously said it would be difficult to do so.
However, there is a limit. Tesla is not going to share its perforation technology in the car:
Tesla used to supply powertrains and batteries to Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, both of which were shareholders in Tesla, but they stopped in 2015 after the end of all their programs.
Back in 2014, Musk announced that Tesla was “opening the sources” of its patents to help other automakers accelerate the development of electric vehicles.
However, the move was criticized for not being an “open source” in the true sense of the word, as Tesla only “undertook” not to sue any company using patented technology “in good faith.”
The difference has led to the fact that not many companies actually use Tesla’s patented technology.
The only company that has openly acknowledged the use of Tesla’s patented technology is the Chinese automaker Xpeng, which Tesla has actually ended the lawsuit, although not for using the patented technology, but for allegedly stealing Autopilot source code.
I don’t think that will happen.
When Tesla stopped supplying Daimler and Toyota powertrains and batteries, Elon said Tesla was limited in battery power and needed all the batteries it could get for its own production of electric vehicles.
This still seems to be true today and in the foreseeable future, according to Elon’s comment made very recently last week.
On the other hand, automakers need to want to rely on Tesla for those, and there may be few stakeholders, but I think most automakers want to develop their own expertise in what is becoming the new life and blood of the automotive industry.
As for the software, I don’t know what it might look like.
I know about software licensing agreements in the automotive industry, such as the fact that Polestar has Android from Google, but I’m not sure Tesla can have a similar agreement.
The cars also have battery management software, autopilot software, air renewal software and many other uses of the software.
I would be interested to know what the licensing agreement for some products would look like.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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