The EUREKA Network has published a success story on the ITEA 2 MODELISAR project:
As our electronics-filled cars become increasingly sophisticated, engineering-focused automakers turn software developers. With an open-source development project called ITEA 2 MODELISAR they’ve shown their industry is now as cool as any IT business.
What is the common point between the late Internet genius Aaron Schwarz and the climate control in your car? Creative commons, a software licensing model used to develop a knowledge sharing platform that helps car constructors make better vehicles. Using this open source model to develop their own collaborative platform, automakers Daimler, Volvo, and Volkswagen, partnering in this project with 29 partners led by Dassault Systemes, can now create intricate virtual prototypes of their vehicles to test every part of the vehicle under simulation. Just a few years ago, these companies were doing simulated testing isolated from each other.
In three years, the project allowed the development of the Functional Model Interface, or FMI, a standard for exchange of information that is revolutionising the level of quality that consumers can expect in automobiles, while reducing the sticker price and upping reliability. For car manufacturers, the benefits are equally important: they can now model and test an entire assembled car under life-like conditions using software.