Blog from July, 2020

On 16 July, GENIVI and W3C hosted an OEM Roundtable teleconference to discuss an emerging initiative to define standard approaches for modeling, managing and exchanging data in a vehicle and in the cloud.  The Common Vehicle Interface Initiative can best be described as

  • An extension of the existing movement for“a common data model”, where Vehicle Signal Specification (VSS) is a driving example
  • A technology collaboration to define associated protocols (e.g. W3C VISS/Gen 2) and interfacing technologies to make use of the data/service model in real systems
  • A discussion on where standard interfaces are appropriate in the entire vehicle+cloud
  • A movement towards unification of fragmented ecosystems that inadequately address only part of this problem, and not in concert.
  • The initiative may include inside-vehicle: Standardized software components and well-defined interfaces between ECUs, and outside-vehicle: Remotely-accessible vehicle functions in the car-to-cloud infrastructure

The slide deck used during the roundtable is here.  Graphically, the initiative looks like this:

During the round table, representatives from Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW all delivered statements in support of the initiative.  These were followed by similar opinions from Volvo Cars and Toyota.  Other OEMs present included Daimler/Mbition, GM, Renault, PSA and SAIC Motor.  The result of the call was to plan a follow-up workshop for additional initiative definition and to discuss how best to host the dialog, which is sure to include not only W3C, but also other standards developing organizations.

The initiative will be tracked in the Cloud and Connected Services project until it takes on its own project schedule.  Stay tuned for additional information on future gatherings around this important industry initiative.  If you have questions about the initiative or want to be involved, please contact Philippe Robin . 

TU-Automotive Detroit has joined forces with TUAutomotive Awards, ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles, WardsAuto Interiors Conference and WardsAuto UX Conference for one year only in a Festival of Automotive.  The online event is scheduled for 18-20 August and intends to replace the previously face-to-face events with virtual connections to accelerate business, showcase expertise and education automotive stakeholders.

Historically, GENIVI has held its (very popular) GENIVI Showcase and Reception during the TU-Automotive show normally held during the TU-Automotive Detroit show in June.  With the current pandemic, many shows like these are combining and going virtual.  GENIVI is a strong believer in industry collaboration over a variety of topics and this "festival" has great promise for such collaborative efforts.  Topics for the festival include:

  • Driving the Future of Automotive- Trends and Outlook that are Building a New Automotive Roadmap
  • How Is Data Commercializing The Automotive Market?
  • The Global Roadmap to Electrification
  • Changing Lanes: Monetizing on the Future of the Software Defined Vehicle.

The event has a strong speaker line up from organizations like Arcimoto, General Motors, Hyundai Motor, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America, Volvo Cars Tech Fund, YouTube, and ZF.  

Interested parties can learn more about the event and register at:  GENIVI members will receive a 25% discount on the event fee by using "GENIVI25" as a discount code while registering.  Note also that start-up organizations may attend free of charge, which is a savings of $395.

While we will miss "seeing you" in person as we have in past TU-Automotive shows, we hope you will enjoy this festival of virtual events.