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Master Thesis - The use of Open Source within autonomous vehicles


Open Source in the business world, just a cumbersome compliance process or a competitive opportunity…….

The automotive industry, with a few exceptions, has until now not been utilizing Open Source Software development to a very broad extent, and the limited work within Open Source has so far mostly been related to reuse of work done by others.

Within the vehicle automation industry we have recently seen a move to release some of the code to the community, possibly as a result of recognizing that companies that want to move fast and break things in other industries need to collaborate and give back. 

At the same time when coding with open source, it is needed to ensure that one are not using components with known vulnerabilities and in order to build secure products, developers need to use tools that identify which open source components they have in their environment, and prevent the use of components that have associated vulnerabilities. In contrast to risks requiring solid processes, open sourcing the product can create new business opportunities and the speed and quality of product development can improve taking help from the community outside the company.

For Zenuity it is crucial to find new ways to work more efficiently as a software company. To stay competitive, and especially with new actors showing interest for the autonomous industry, Zenuity continuously need to develop the way of relating to Open Source. Using Open Source can create great opportunities, but it can also cause many risks and a cumbersome overhead.

Project description:

In this master thesis project, you will focus on:

  • Draft recommendations and guidelines to benefit from Open Source usage in a thoughtful way.

To achieve this goal, the student may take the following steps:

  • Studying the development of Open Source usage by other industry actors and try to find indicators for how it can possibly influence future product offers.
  • Analyzing how different approaches of using Open Source can possibly impact Zenuity's business model.


We are looking for one or two students with a background in……

  • Open Source usage in the business world and open source business models.
  • Business case practice.
  • Intellectual property law.
  • Self-starters thrilled to take the lead of their own work.

Further information:

Final application date: November 15th, 2019.

Location: Gothenburg

Please send in individual applications with CV, motivational letter and grade transcripts. If you wish to partner with someone, simply note that in your application.

Planned start: January 2020, with some flexibility

Duration: 30 ECTS

For questions regarding the project, please contact Joakim Frid (joakim.frid@zenuity.com).

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Gothenburg, Sweden

Lindholmspiren 2
417 56 Gothenburg, Sweden Directions recruitment@zenuity.com


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