How OSS and Cloud-Native Development Drive Change in the Automotive Industry

Session Abstract: 

The decades-old strategy automakers have used for platform development has resulted in long development cycles, increased complexities, and a long time-to-revenue. Conversely, faster advancements are often attributed to the adoption of a modernized infrastructure platform and cloud-native technology. As the industry evolves toward the software-defined vehicle, it’s clear that the automotive value chain is also changing. In this session we will discuss how open source software and cloud-native development are becoming a pivotal part of the automotive value chain, how it can help to bring the software-defined vehicle to life, and the need for software-centric in-vehicle architectures.


Francis Chow joined Red Hat in mid-2021 to lead the in-vehicle operating system business. Previously, he spent 5 years at VMware and was VP, Operations, Business Development and Strategy of the Telco and Edge Cloud Business Unit. Prior to VMware, Chow spent about 20 years in the semiconductor industry in leadership roles spanning across Engineering, Corporate Development, Marketing and Sales, and was a VP/GM for a $1B P&L before venturing into the software world.. Chow holds an MBA and an MSEE from University of California at Berkeley and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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