Blog from January, 2021

On Thursday, February 25th, 2021, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm US Eastern Time, GENIVI will host a complimentary virtual (on-line) collaboration workshop event.


The focus of the February 25th GENIVI IVP Collaboration Workshop consists of (3) areas of discussion/presentation including Payments, Authentication, and UX.

Below briefly defines the five goals of the GENIVI VIP Special Interest Group (SIG) who will be leading the IVP workshop discussions:

1)    Provide a foundation of knowledge and access to the established ecosystems of automotive, payments, and retail.

2)    Provide a forum for automotive, payments, and retail to understand and develop requirements to enable commerce in the vehicle in a convenient and safe manner.

3)    Define and establish potential projects that mutually benefit and advance the acceptance of in-vehicle payment applications.

4)    Identify and define projects that would advance the standardization of specifications and requirements for in-vehicle payments for all interested industries.

5)    Facilitate and provide a unified industry representation of automaker needs with payments regulatory bodies.

Attending this IVP collaboration workshop will be Automotive OEMs, Tier 1s, payment card brands, merchants, integrators, developers, and other key stakeholders.   

If you're interested in collaborating with other organizations and professionals from both the IVP and EV Charging ecosystem, this workshop is for you.

To register for the event please visit:   passcode is “collaboration”

If you have any questions regarding this no-cost event, please contact GENIVI's IVP lead John Moon (Connected Travel) at jmoon at connectedtravel dot com or Mike Nunnery (GENIVI's Marketing Manager) at mikenunnery at comcast dot net.

The Automotive Virtual Platform Specification (first published version here, and look here for the ongoing working draft) is a collaborative work with an open source license, intended to be the common specification for compatible implementations of virtualization platforms for automotive.

It promotes device virtualization standards like VIRTIO in order to require common APIs that Hypervisors should provide, and complements this by defining other aspects of a virtual platform that VIRTIO cannot cover by itself.  Those are things like boot protocol and other general platform requirements.  The project also analyzes how and when to use hardware-assisted virtualization support while balancing this with the portability goals, for example at which times other methods may supersede emulation and paravirtualization approaches.

Those who are working on this specification (JOIN US!) believe it can be a very useful and important basis the automotive industry and we tend to get the same positive feedback from OEMs, Hypervisor vendors and independent technologists (although with the concern that it is challenging to do).

It is a great, and achievable, goal but the specification doesn't write itself...

If you believe improving the state of virtualization in automotive is important, the team would like to invite you to join us in the new year.  Don't miss the chance to give your personal and your company's input on this important part of the automotive technology stack.  We CAN have better and clearer requirements, more portability, and less integration hassles for multiple operating systems and multiple hypervisor implementations, if we work together on automotive virtualization.

The meeting is held every Monday at 10.00 AM CET and the work is open to everyone, members and non-members alike, so just get involved. If the time slot does not suit you, let us know and we can renegotiate the meeting times with everyone who is interested.  You can find the invitation on the mailing list (check the archives, and subscribe), or contact Gunnar Andersson, GENIVI Technical Lead directly (gandersson at genivi dot org).

Two talks proposed by GENIVI were accepted to the Embedded, Mobile and Automotive Devroom at FOSDEM (Free and Open-Source Developers European Meeting – virtual this year) scheduled on 6-7 February.  FOSDEM is the largest conference of its kind in the world, normally attracting more than 8000 participants and delivering more than 30 presentation tracks. GENIVI is pleased to have representatives from the Android Automotive SIG (AASIG) and the Cloud and Connected Services (CCS) project present during the event.  FOSDEM is open to the public and links to the presentations are provided below.

Networked Audio in Android Automotive

The first talk will be delivered by the GENIVI Android Automotive SIG Audio HAL project. Suhasini Raghuram from Analog Devices will present the outcome of the project work on Networked Audio in Android Automotive.

The modern vehicle audio system is built with a number of networked components that are required for many complex and integrated functionalities such as active noise cancellation, warning sounds, diagnostics, etc. And thus, complex and flexible audio setups are a fundamental design need for modern vehicles. GENIVI AASIG analyzed various scenarios of integrating Android in this complex setup and explored the maturity and gaps of Android Automotive solution in this context. This talk aims to highlight some of the findings of the team and discuss further topics for investigation in this area.

The AASIG Audio HAL talk is scheduled on Sunday 7 February 15:30-16:00 CET.


Designing an open communication framework for the connected car

The second talk will be delivered by the GENIVI Cloud & Connected Services project (CCS). Kevin Valdek from High-Mobility and Ulf Bjorkengren from Geotab will present the outcome of the project work on an open communication framework for the connected car.

The connected car has been around for some time but we are still waiting for a large breakthrough when it comes to third party services powered by vehicle data. The fragmentation of different technical solutions makes it difficult for 3rd parties or developers to work with easily accessible vehicle APIs.

To tackle this, the GENIVI Cloud & Connected Services project is designing an end-to-end communication framework starting from the data transfer from embedded systems in the vehicles and spanning to cloud based APIs. The framework is built on open protocols and is demonstrated with open-source reference code with the aim of simplifying implementation work for both car manufacturers and 3rd party developers. The presentation will show a Proof-of-Concept implementation that the project has made available to anyone.

The CCS talk is scheduled on Sunday 7 February 16:00-16:30 CET.