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The following are selected free and 'open source' transportation software products worth checking out:

  • Albatross - An open source Air Traffic Management (ATM) software development project and community. 
  • Automotive Repair Shop Suite - One of many free and open source auto repair shop software products.
  • Federal Railroad Administration GIS Mapping Tool - Free geographic information mapping tool available online from the U.S. government.
  • FlightAware - Offers free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic and sponsors a range of open source aviation projects.
  • FlightGear - An open source flight simulator project and software solution.
  • Genivi - An open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) development platform.
  • Intelligent Roadway Information System (IRIS) - An open source Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) developed by the Minnesota DOT.
  • MakerPlane - Open source aviation software and hardware projects and apps.
  • Multi-Agent Transport Simulation (MATSim) - Provides a framework to implement large-scale agent-based transport simulations.
  • Open Source Car (OScar) - An ongoing project to develop cars using Open Source principles and technologies.
  • OpenCPN - Free and open source Chartplotter and GPS Navigation Software.
  • OpenPilot - An open source unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) autopilot program.
  • OpenPlans  Open source software for transportation operations and planning – from routing, to real-time vehicle locations, to citizen participation, GIS applications, transit system planning, and more. 
  • Open Rails - An open source train simulator project and software solution.
  • OpenSeaMap - A worldwide open source project for creation of a free nautical database and associated seafaring maps.
  • OpenTravel - Providing free and/or low cost Cargo Fleet Management software.
  • OpenTripPlanner (OTP) - The leading open source platform for multi-modal trip itinerary planning and network analysis.
  • OSVehicle - Open Source Vehicle company and platform for enabling new startups in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry
  • OpenXC Platform - A combination of open source hardware & software that lets you extend your vehicle capabilities with custom applications and pluggable modules.
  • RailwayStation.Com – Offering a range of free or low cost software products, e.g. maps, screensavers, images, etc. 
  • SimuTransAn open-source transportation simulation game available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computer systems.
  • Softrail – Providing a variety of low cost software products, e.g.  Train Dispatcher, Track Builder, North American Railroad Maps, etc.   
  • TRANSIMS - An open source transportation modeling and simulation toolbox
  • Truck Dispatch Software - A free online, web-based truck dispatch system to help schedule and keep track of vehicles.
  • TRB Transportation Resource Information Systems & Database - Providing access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide.

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Other suggested links:

  • CNET List - A wide range of links to free Transportation apps & software on C/NET. 
  • DMOZ Open Directory -  List of many open source Transportation software & tools. 

Global Transportation Industry

The global freight transportation industry is expected to generate revenue of more than $3.8 trillion in 2016, representing 37% growth over five years. The industry encompasses freight transportation by rail, road, air and marine.  -  See ReportLinker



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