I found the following clipping in a presentation created by Ralph Müller (Director, Eclipse Foundation) . In his presentation Ralph summarizes a few facts that aim to explain, why companies from the automotive Industry have decided to cooperate within an Open Source industry working group with the objective to define common standards for their industry. The clipping itself is from Hanse Report on Automotive Electronics.
To view Ralphs full presentation click here: 2009-07-30 Eclipse Industry Collaboration.pdf
Having started a discussion about the timing and opportunities of deploying semantic technologies for the enterprise in my last blog entry I though discussing this question would make all the sense in the world.