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Barefoot release – An Open Source Java library for map matching with OpenStreetMap

Barefoot is an open source Java library for online and offline map matching with OpenStreetMap. Together with its extensive set of geometric and spatial functions, an in-memory map data structure and basic machine learning functions, it is a versatile basis for scalable location-based services and spatio-temporal data analysis on the map. It is designed for […]

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BMW Car IT GmbH joined the Open Source Automation Development Lab

In June 2014, BMW Car IT GmbH has joined the Open Source Automation Development Lab eG (OSADL) foundation and strengthens its on-going work on an industrial-grade Linux with this strategic alliance. The OSADL foundation supports use of open-source software in industrial products and concentrates efforts to align open-source software widely-used in IT systems to requirements […]

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Unit Testing AUTOSAR Software Components, Revisited

Development has recently picked up momentum (again) with ARUnit, an Artop-based tool for unit-testing AUTOSAR software components. ARUnit is basically an RTE generator that provides a fully functional RTE that can run on any desktop machine, together with a public API to manipulate and monitor the state of the RTE from the outside. This greatly […]

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Introducing Autonomous Driving at ROSCon 2013

Tilmann Ochs and I participated in the ROS developers’ conference, ROSCon 2013, held in Stuttgart, Germany. There were roughly 300 international participants from several universities, research institutes and different industries, such as industrial robot manufacturers. On the two days, there were 34 talks, ranging from technical talks, such as upcoming extensions to ROS, over practical […]

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Applied Computer Vision for Robotics – BMW Car IT Supports Lab Course at TUM

Last winter semester 2012/13, the Chair for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the Technische Universität München provided a course for master students with a special focus on robot vision. The students were encouraged to learn and apply basic frameworks, techniques and concepts useful for robotics applications, such as controlling a robot equipped with typical sensor […]

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Apache Etch – A new Top Level Project is born

Apache Etch is a message based protocol for building efficient network services in a resource limited and heterogeneous environment. It enables you to develop RPC-like network services in a language transparent and transport independent way. It was initially developed by Cisco and was transferred to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in 2008. Since then, it […]

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Open source software is more than just code: it’s people

What does the social side of open source development look like? Here is a short answer using complex network theory: This is a collaboration network of selected open source projects (people and projects remain anonymous). The width of lines indicates strength of collaboration. Everyone is highly interconnected, there is a low distance between people.  Although […]

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Event invitation: get to know us and our projects

BMW Car IT holds regular information events for people with a strong interest to join our software development site in Ulm. At these events, you can learn more about our current projects, meet us in person and chat about software and automotive topics. Our next event date will be Tuesday 4:30pm, 19th February 2013.

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Program thou shalt behave! Jnario at the EclipseCon

In 2012, Sebastian Benz and I were given the opportunity to present at the two biggest Eclipse conferences– EclipseCon North America, held in Boston U.S.A, and EclipseCon Europe, held in Ludwigsburg, Germany. We presented two Jnario sessions entitled “Program, thou shalt behave” and “Jnario – BDD for Java” demonstrating: 1.   How to describe the behavior […]

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BMW Group starts a new software development site in Ulm

The BMW Group has extended their software development operations with a new location in Ulm. From October the 1st 2012, approximately 60 employees for the new software development site in Ulm will be working on automotive and mobility software as part of the BMW Car IT GmbH, which is a 100% affiliated company of BMW […]

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