Blog from August, 2020

By now we are all getting used to announcements like this.  The GENIVI Member Meeting, originally planned for 26-28 October in Leipzig, will be a virtual event - but not just any virtual event.  

Members have told us often that one of the greatest benefits to GENIVI was the networking that occurred at our events.  Obviously, COVID has eliminated the opportunity for this valuable networking to happen physically, but GENIVI isn't settling for no networking.  In addition to our program consisting of both invited talks and panels, the October event will be an opportunity to connect virtually through some new tooling that enables both ad-hoc and scheduled meetings with other event participants.  If anyone attended the recent TU-Automotive event, you got a flavor of how a virtual showcase and private, business-related meetings can be facilitated online.  While nothing is like being together, we hope that "virtual experience" we will produce in October will be closer to what we have had in the past.

So what can you expect at our upcoming, 20th edition of a GENIVI All Member Meeting? 

First, GENIVI will hold its industry-trend oriented program tackling issues like vehicle software complexity and maximizing the value of vehicle data.  Speakers from Strategy Analytics, McKinsey and a number of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers will fill the first day and a half of sessions.

Second, GENIVI will continue its history of holding technical workshops on topics ranging from Android Automotive to Cybersecurity to Cloud and Connected Services.  Additionally, GENIVI intends to launch a new project called Common Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII) during the event.  This initiative has already been discussed during a recent OEM Roundtable where several OEMs expressed strong support for the work.

Finally, GENIVI will use tooling to create a virtual showcase experience consisting of "booths" where sponsoring organizations can host meetings, display materials and run videos about their products and services.  The tool enables both ad-hoc and scheduled meetings with showcase representatives so that you can learn more about emerging products and services in the market.  Mike Nunnery is contacting member organizations to see if they wish to participate in this virtual showcase and several have already committed.  Please contact Mike if you wish to participate or have questions.

GENIVI is taking a step forward toward leveraging virtual tools to connect our global community and invites you to plan to attend the GENIVI Member Virtual Experience on 26-30 October.

On 10 September (4pm CET, 10am US Eastern), leaders from the GENIVI Board of Directors will present a panel entitled, "Taming the Beast of Vehicle Software Complexity".  The webinar, hosted by Mobex (Webinars by Automotive World),  is the first in a series of thought leadership topics to be delivered by GENIVI during the remaining months of 2020.  Another second topic will be part of the GENIVI Virtual All Member Meeting program scheduled for 26-30 October.   

With the growing volume of software in the modern vehicle, the complexities of integrating multiple operating systems, platforms and components are skyrocketing. Add to this the fact that the vehicle is increasingly a player in multiple cross-industry contexts, such as the internet of things, smart cities, shared mobility and vehicle to infrastructure initiatives.

The panel, moderated by GENIVI Chairman Matt Jones (Wind River), will include perspectives from an automaker (BMW), a tier 1 supplier (Mentor Automotive) and a software services company (TietoEvry) on how their organizations are evolving to better manage this growing complexity while attempting to reduce costs and time to market.  Registration for the webinar is free and is available here:

Make sure you register early and reserve time your calendars for this important presentation.