CEO Elonas Muskas says Tesla is currently ready to license the software and supply engines and batteries to other cars that are struggling to make electric cars.
We recently reported on automakers who have recognized that Tesla is a leader in several key areas of electric vehicle development and construction.
Volkswagen spoke quite openly about the fact that it was lagging behind the software and that Tesla had taken the lead.
Hebert Diess, chairman of Volkswagen, even said the company was implementing what he internally called Tesla’s catch-up plan to close the software gap between the German carmaker and Tesla.
Now Tesla̵7;s CEO Elonas Muskas has said they want to help.
In response to those last comments, Musk wrote on Twitter:
“Tesla can license software and supply motors and batteries. We are only trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors! “
The CEO even said Tesla would like to license Autopilot – although he said earlier that it would be difficult to implement.
There is a limit, however. Tesla does not intend to share the technology of its fart machines:
Tesla supplied engines and batteries to Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, both former shareholders of Tesla, but they ceased operations in 2015 after discontinuing all their programs.
Back in 2014 Musk has announced that Tesla is granting “patents” to help other automakers accelerate the development of electric vehicles.
However, the move has been criticized for not being an “open supply” in the true sense of the word, as Tesla only “promised” not to sue any company that uses its patented technology “in good faith”.
The difference meant that few companies actually use Tesla’s patented technology.
The only company to openly admit to using Tesla’s patented technology is the Chinese carmaker Xpeng, for which Tesla has actually filed a lawsuit – not because of the use of the patented technology, but because of an allegedly stolen Autopilot source code.
I don’t think that will happen.
When Tesla stopped supplying engines and batteries to Daimler and Toyota, Elon said Tesla was limiting the supply of batteries and needed all the batteries it could buy to make its electric cars.
It seems to be still valid today and in the near future, according to Elon’s comment, as it was last week.
On the other hand, automakers need to want to rely on Tesla for them, and there may be some stakeholders, but I think most automakers want to expand their expertise in what is becoming the new life and blood of the automotive industry.
As for the software, I don’t know what it would look like.
I know about software licensing deals in the automotive industry, like what Polestar has with Google Android, but I’m not sure Tesla could have made a similar deal.
Cars also use battery management software, Autopilot software, wireless update software, and many other uses of the software.
I would be wondering what licensing would look like for some of those products.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
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