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Companies unite on autonomous car OS to challenge Google

Toyota, LG and other concerns form foundation to develop open-source system

Developing operating systems for autonomous cars has become a pressing need for automakers in order to commercialize vehicles such as Toyota's Concept-i.

TOKYO -- Asian companies, including a Toyota Motor subsidiary and LG Electronics of South Korea, have joined hands with U.S. and European companies in the development of an "open source" operating system for autonomous driving cars.

Some 20 companies and organizations have established an association under the name "Autoware Foundation" to share their technology and knowledge to challenge Google and other leaders in the development of self-driving technology.

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