We LOVE Open-Source and APIs – Automakers? Not So Much

From Transport Evolved.

We’re big fans of open-source and reverse-engineered projects on this channel, and have used our fair-share of open-source projects to make our lives a little bit better and more convenient.

Some of them include projects like Home Assistant (https://github.com/home-assistant), OnStar2MQTT (https://github.com/michaelwoods/onstar2mqtt/blob/main/HA-MQTT.md), FordPass-HA (https://github.com/itchannel/fordpass-ha), and many others.

But earlier this autumn, a home automation enthusiast found that their reverse engineered project bringing Mazda’s telematics to Home Assistant was issued a takedown notice by Mazda.

The reason? They claimed he was using proprietary information through reverse-engineering, even though the Supreme Court of the U.S. seems to suggest it’s okay – https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-956_d18f.pdf.

But if Mazda has done it – will other automakers follow? And what are APIs and Open Source Projects? We dive deep.

00:00 – Introduction
03:14 – What ARE APIs?
04:38 – Automotive Telematics
05:38 – Reverse Engineering
07:12 – Mazda’s attack
07:57 – DMCA – What It’s About
08:56 – Specifics of Mazda’s complaint
10:06 – Punching above its weight
10:28 – Potential precident in legal terms
11:22 – Automakers bleeding customers dry
12:49 – Chaimberlain’s anti-home automation stance
13:36 – ratgdo – https://paulwieland.github.io/ratgdo/
14:12 – Are automakers banning you? – eh…
14:41 – OVMS – (https://www.openvehicles.com) an alternative?


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Script: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Presenters: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Editor, Colorist: Michael Horton
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2023

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