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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 genivi-projects@lists.genivi.org 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.

Link: https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/room/dembedded/ 

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.

Link: https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/room/dembedded/ 

Returning from a holiday break can be a daunting task.  With email boxes filled up and new deadlines looming, it is nice to be able to lock down a couple of important events BEFORE the holiday break, so they are in your calendars before you return.

GENIVI has three important events for you to consider adding to your schedules for the new year:


Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit

GENIVI has enjoyed a multi-year relationship with SAE and other organizations to plan and execute one of the best "on-site" Consumer Electronics Show (CES) programs for the automotive and mobility communities.  The Connect2Car track has consistently presented compelling content often filling the meeting room with interested attendees.  The registration site for the 14 January (10:00am - 2:00pm EST) event is at https://www.sae.org/attend/connect2car-ces and the program can also be viewed from that page. 

With innovation as the theme for CES2021, the Connect2Car summit provides the ideal setting to explore what is next in connected mobility.  Presented in conjunction with leading advocacy organizations in the industry, including GENIVI, MEA and SEMA, Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit provides a complete perspective of the technology, infrastructure, consumer acceptance, and business forces and regulation impacting connected mobility.  Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit provides a convenient online and cost-effective opportunity to hear experts from across the connected mobility landscape, including experts from Ford, FCA, Audi, Wind River, Cloudera, Connected Travel, Butzel Long, NXP, Humanizing Autonomy, Alexa Automotive and more.

GENIVI is pleased to have several members represented on the program so you will want to secure your place for this important automotive event during CES 2021.  Registering before 3 January 2021 will save you $50 on the cost of the event.  Registration is $99 through 3 January after which it goes up to $149.  


First GENIVI In-Vehicle Payment (IVP) Special Interest Group Workshop
 
Please save the date of 11 February 2021 for a 1/2 day virtual workshop of the newly formed, IVP SIG. The first IVP SIG workshop will focus on introducing and meeting the members of the group, discuss potential projects for the SIG and plan the goals and activities of the group. More information about the activities of the IVP SIG can be found at the GENIVI Project Wiki site HERE.
 
To be notified as more details are available on how to join the IVP workshop, please fill out our registration form HERE.
 
Or if you have additional questions you can reach IPV SIG organizers by email:
John Moon -  IVP Special Interest Group Lead (jmoon@connectedtravel.com)
Mike Nunnery – (a.k.a. GENIVI Mike) GENIVI Marketing Executive  (mikenunnery@comcast.net).


Connected Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII) Workshop

Momentum that was started during the May and October virtual GENIVI events to launch a new vehicle data and cloud interface initiative in GENIVI continues into 2021 with a planned workshop the third week of February.  This workshop, co-led by W3C and GENIVI, will present work done to date to define specific technical activities advancing a standard vehicle data model, standard vehicle service catalog, standard web interface and methodology for remote function calls from the web.  This work continues to evolve past work completed by GENIVI on Vehicle Service Specification (VSS) and W3C on Vehicle Interface Service Specification (VISS) by adding vehicle services to the standards.

Several OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and data-focused companies have committed to this initiative and it is sure to be a "next big thing" in GENIVI.  As details of the workshop become available, we will post additional blogs in January.

More information on the CVII work can be found at the GENIVI Project Wiki site HERE.  To express interest in participating in the CVII project, please contact Gunnar Andersson, GENIVI Technical Lead.


 

After two OEM Roundtables co-hosted by GENIVI and W3C and a full day allocated to the Common Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII) during the recent virtual all member meeting, a webinar with a slightly different message but sharing a common theme will be presented on 19 November at 10:00 US EST and 1600 CET.

With past CVII activities focused on the value to OEMs, this webinar answers the question of why automotive suppliers and data-focused companies need a common vehicle interface.  A standard vehicle data model and accompanying services definitions are clearly a growing target for many suppliers and data-focused companies.  Adopting these common approaches will simplify automotive system development and allow the industry to realize business value of vehicle data and services more fully.

During this free, 60-minute webinar, hosted by Automotive World through its Mobex platform, GENIVI, W3C and GEOTAB, a new GENIVI member, discuss the benefits of vehicle data standards and potential positive impacts of a "single language" to define, exchange and use vehicle data and services.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • An overview of the foundational standards of VSS and VISS for data exchange.
  • An understanding of how adopting vehicle data and service standards positively impacts a business.
  • A clear view of how the results of the Common Vehicle Interface Initiative will benefit OEMs, suppliers and third parties.

Registration is open for this webinar and we invite you to share this invitation broadly within your organization and among clients, customers and colleagues.

During the week of 26-30 October, GENIVI executed its second virtual event, following the virtual summit in May.  While there were many highlights and limiting it to ten is sure to result in leaving something important out, here are my "top ten" highlights to the event.

  1. The event enjoyed just under 700 registrants, 419 of which participated in the event in one way or another.  These numbers represent a significant increase in participation from our earlier virtual event in May.
  2. Roger Lanctot's (Strategy Analytics) session entitled "Google Automotive Impact Statement" was the most popular session followed closely by the panel entitled, "Three Vehicle Software Trends & What the Industry Should Do About Them" and a panel entitled, "Why the Industry Needs a Common Vehicle Interface Initiative".  
  3. The entire program of 27 October was dedicated to an emerging activity called the Common Vehicle Interface Initiative or CVII.  In the previously mentioned (#2) panel, Renault, Volvo Cars and Ford all presented views on why CVII could benefit them and the industry broadly.  The workshops continued the discussion, including a presentation by W3C CEO Jeffrey Jaffe.  
  4. The GENIVI Security Team put together a great program consisting of 8 sessions on various topics related to cybersecurity in automotive.  The program included a wide variety of topics like: data privacy, ISO 21434 and UNECE WP.29, increased complexity of cybersecurity control, false perceptions in media and vehicle forensics.

  5. The GENIVI discussion around in-vehicle payments advanced significantly through a great panel moderated by Connected Travel with panelists from BMW, Mastercard, HERE Technologies and Postmates. 
  6. The GENIVI Android Automotive Special Interest Group (SIG) held two workshops to advance work on their audio hardware abstraction layer and vehicle hardware abstraction layer activities.
  7. GENIVI employed the Swapcard tool that enabled a virtual showcase of 15 participants and facilitated nearly 2000 connection requests between participating individuals.  While this was not like a face-to-face meeting, there was significant networking going on, which is always a highlight of GENIVI events.
  8. The program on 29 October included a second CVII workshop at a more Asia-friendly time followed by a productive workshop by the GENIVI Cloud and Connected Services projects.  Both of these projects hold real promise for impacting the future of car to cloud connectivity as well as introducing a standard vehicle data model and services catalog. 
  9. GENIVI recognized three Most Valuable Contributors (MVCs) during the event including: Joby Jester, Solutions Architect, Connected Transport at Irdeto, for his leadership of the GENIVI Security Team and Piotr Krawczyk and Stefan Wysocki, both Software Architects at TietoEvry for their leadership and contributions to the Android Automotive Special Interest Group.
  10. And last but certainly not least, GENIVI wishes to thank Genesis and LG for their kind and generous support as sponsors of the event.

As I said before, there were many more highlights and limiting it to 10 is not optimal.  Feel free to make up your mind about the event by visiting the event page containing videos and slides of the event sessions.  At that bottom of that page, you will also find a number of videos on demand from our showcase participants and sponsors.  We want to thank our sponsors, Genesis and LG, our virtual showcase participants and most of all, those who participated for joining the event.    

GENIVI Virtual Experience (formerly the GENIVI All Member Meeting and Open Community Days)

26-30 October 2020

Agenda and Registration: https://www.eventleaf.com/GENIVIVirtualAMM

A special thanks to Genesis and LG for their generous sponsorship!

GENIVI is famous in the automotive industry for great networking events and we will not let a global pandemic hinder our ability to connect you with people you know but have been unable to meet with in person for some time.  GENIVI will employ the Swapcard platform that quite simply facilitates virtual networking, both informal chats as well as scheduled business meetings.  If you attended the TU-Automotive event, you are already familiar with the platform and its simple approach toward connecting with others registered for our free event.

There are many reasons you should consider registering for the event including a great program with highly relevant content on topics like:

  • trends driving the future of vehicle software architectures
  • challenges faced by increased software complexity
  • impact of Google in the cockpit
  • future of in-vehicle commerce
  • a standard approach for vehicle data formats and interfaces
  • data privacy and vehicle cybersecurity 
  • and many more!

On Tuesday, 27 October, GENIVI, W3C and a number of supportive OEMs will answer the question, "Why the Industry Needs a Common Vehicle Interface Initiative?"  This combination of a panel discussion plus two one hour workshops will undoubtedly cause the industry to rethink the potential of an industry-wide standard for vehicle data and service definition as well as how it develops interoperable solutions for vehicle data management and vehicle service invocation. 

But let me get back to the networking and just how simple it is to place yourself in a virtual network of leaders from automotive OEMs, Tier 1s, semiconductor providers and many other suppliers absolutely free of charge.  Regardless of whether you attend any of the sessions (which I'm sure you will), GENIVI is providing you an opportunity to connect with potential customers, partners, start-ups and many others looking to collaborate on many of the biggest challenges facing automotive software organizations today.  We also are providing you access to a virtual showcase of leading technology suppliers and fellow standards development organizations for you to learn more about relevant offerings for vehicle projects.  With an expected 500 participants, 20 virtual showcase tables and tons of relevant content, why wouldn't you register to join in the fun?  

And I want to bring visibility to our two sponsors, Genesis (Executive Sponsor) and LG (Gold Sponsor), without which this event would not be possible!  Thank you both for your very generous sponsorships.  Note also than in addition to the virtual showcase, the event will stream videos from our sponsors and from a number of showcase participants during breaks and on-demand.

So, here's the next step.  Browse to the registration site and sign up at no cost.  You will be sent instructions that will answer many of your questions on event participation and networking.  For those not answered, there is an FAQ available on the registration web site.  

We look forward to having you join us for this great event, whether you are a GENIVI member or just interested in the future of automotive software and data.  See you soon!

The GENIVI Program Committee is pleased to announce several additions to the speaker line-up at the upcoming GENIVI Member Virtual Experience on 26-30 October.  Please visit the latest online agenda and registration portal for the latest information and to sign-up for the free event open to all interested parties in the automotive industry (including non-members of GENIVI).  Unlike past member meetings that tended to be 2.5 or 3 days long, this virtual event will span the entire week with portions of the event reserved for working sessions of current GENIVI projects.

Monday (26 October) will kick off with a moderated, thought leadership panel comprised of GENIVI Board member representatives discussing three trends in future vehicle systems including: 

  1. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Matt Jones, Wind River)
  2. Digital twin concepts as applied to vehicle data (Dimitrios Stavrianos and Rainer Lang, both from Bosch)
  3. Consolidating vehicle functions in a software defined architecture (Tero Salminen, OpenSynergy).

The audience will also hear from Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics, about the impact of Google in the cockpit and from Georg Doll, McKinsey, about cost implications to vehicle software complexity.  Another trend discussed by Thom Denholm fromTuxera is solving data storage challenges in the automotive projects of tomorrow.  And the final session of the day will be panel moderated by John Moon, Connected Travel on car commerce and in-vehicle payments with panelists from BWM, HERE Technologies, MasterCard, and Postmates.

Tuesday (27 October) will be given to the continuation of a multi-year, productive collaboration between GENIVI and W3C in the vehicle data and web interface areas that has resulted in two industry standards.  Both the Vehicle Service Specification (VSS) defining an extensible model for vehicle data and the Vehicle Interface Service Specification (VISS) defining a web interface to exchange vehicle data with the cloud are being adopted in the industry and are expected to expand in a newly announced, joint project called Common Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII).  The day will start with an OEM-led panel (Ford, Volvo Cars, Renault Software and BMW) arguing in favor of the initiative to create common approaches to collect, manage and exchange vehicle data both in the vehicle and in the cloud.  Two one-hour workshops are planned after the panel to continue to define the scope and work breakdown of the CVII.  If you have any interest in the future of vehicle data, these sessions are essential.  A second, Asia-friendly replay of the CVII content with live Q&A is being planned for Thursday morning (0900 CET).  

Because of contributions by Asia-based colleagues, Wednesday (28 October) will have two primary program tracks, one starting in the morning CET and the other in the afternoon.  The GENIVI project defining an Audio Hardware Abstraction Layer (A-HAL) associated with Android Automotive will be the focus of the morning sessions, led by representatives of BMW and TietoEvry.  The afternoon track will focus on automotive cybersecurity with talks and panelists including the Chair of ISO's 21434 Committee, General Motors, Irdeto, NCC Group, Strategy Analytics and Automotive News. 

Thursday (29 October) will be given to the GENIVI project called Cloud and Connected Services (CCS).  This project has been active for some time and is exploring not only the usage of a standard vehicle data model (VSS), but also a common reference architecture for vehicle to cloud communications. Kevin Valdek, CTO of High Mobility, will lead the working sessions.  And finally, Friday (30 October) will be dedicated to the other important project of the Android Automotive SIG, namely the Vehicle Hardware Abstraction Layer (V-HAL) development work.

In addition to all of the relevant and informative program content, the event will be an great opportunity to network with current and prospective colleagues and customers through the Swapcard platform.  Used during the recent TU-Automotive event, this platform enables registered participants to request connections with other participants, to freely chat and to support virtual business meetings between interested parties.  We would also like to thank our event sponsors, Hyundai Motor Company and LG Electronics for their generous support of the event.   

Please take time today to review the latest online agenda and to register for this free event at the registration portal.

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: https://mobex.io/webinars/taming-the-beast-of-vehicle-software-complexity/.

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

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: https://automotive.knect365.com/tu-auto-detroit/.  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.

GENIVI recently invited technical leaders from member companies (those identified in the member database) to participate in member survey to gather input about the GENIVI mission relevance, active projects, events and communication channels, and membership value.  With all that is currently going on in our world and with an understanding that the business climate and priorities of our industry have already shifted during this pandemic, GENIVI is seeking member input now more than ever.  The data collected with this survey will inform an upcoming meeting of the Board of Directors in mid-July, during which significant time will be given to strategic planning for the future of the alliance.

If you believe you have valuable input to give to GENIVI, are a representative of a member company, but did not receive an email inviting you to participate in the survey, we invite you or a colleague to participate in this data gathering activity.  The brief survey takes you through a series of questions and you can provide your input in ten minutes or less.  Please provide your input by 30 June.

If your organization is not a member of the alliance, GENIVI is also planning to gather information from non-member organizations by means of a separate survey.  This survey will be launched in July so stay tuned.

If you have questions about GENIVI membership or would like to know more about the survey, please contact Steve Crumb.



UPDATE:  Many of you have already heard the the CES 2021 show will not happen in person.  Stay tuned as GENIVI may still be involved virtually in the program during the Connect2Car program track, in collaboration with SAE.

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GENIVI received word last week that the CES 2021 show scheduled to be held early next January in Las Vegas is proceeding as planned as an in-person event.  By the organizers own admission, the show may be smaller and according to a recent email, "many of the world's leading tech brands are confirmed to showcase the latest technologies, and we will be announcing soon the tech luminaries who will speak on our CES stages."  The organizers are also introducing new program elements around "Tech Battling Pandemics" and "Digital Health".   Las Vegas recently began reopening for business and hotels are implementing comprehensive plans for health and safety.  The organizers are working closely with the Las Vegas community and event industry associations to ensure event plans follow the recommendations of public health experts and standards set by the federal, state and local governments.

As many already know, the GENIVI Showcase and Reception event has historically been one of the highlights of the CES week for the automotive industry.  Last year, nearly 1400 people attended our event and feedback was exceptionally positive.  While much has changed since last year, we believe many in the industry want and need an in-person gathering, though with essential prioritization of the health and safety of all participating.  GENIVI will carefully weigh the health and welfare of all involved prior to committing to the event.  In addition to the showcase, the Connect2Car panel series jointly presented by GENIVI and SAE is a second highlight for the automotive industry.  CEA has not yet confirmed the final program, but this very popular panel series is sure to be a continued offering of the CES program.

GENIVI has started internal discussions about its presence and activities during this next CES event.   Initial steps include reaching out to member organizations about their interest in participating in the annual showcase event held in past years at the Bellagio hotel.  GENIVI already has some commitments to sponsor and / or take a table in the showcase and we will gather all the necessary information during the next few weeks in order to make an informed decision in July.  If your organization is interested in showcasing or sponsoring the GENIVI event, please contact Mike Nunnery directly.  And stay tuned in late July for more information about the GENIVI activities during the CES 2021 week.



Many of us have experienced the joy (or should I say frustration) of moving ourselves or perhaps our parents out of a house in which an overwhelming amount of stuff has accumulated.  

Collaborative organizations, like GENIVI, that have been around a long time also accumulate a lot of "old stuff".   GENIVI members have had a rich history of delivering many valuable assets to the automotive industry.  These assets range from open source code projects (many of which are still in the github repository) to UML models of standard interfaces to briefs describing technical approaches to known problems to compliance specifications and supporting documentation for the GENIVI compliance program.  Further, artifacts of our many All Member Meetings, Technical Summits, expert group workshops and industry events have also accumulated over the 12 years GENIVI has been in operation.  

I share this for a couple of reasons.  First, not all of this "old GENIVI stuff" has lost its worth. GENIVI has made the decision to preserve these materials in our member wiki, which is different than our "public" wiki, the one you find yourself on right now.  Since GENIVI has moved to a more open model, the public wiki has become the PRIMARY source of CURRENT content and artifacts for active projects within GENIVI.  We don't want any confusion about were to find recent dialog and outputs of current GENIVI activities.  But the "old GENIVI stuff" is still available and with proper member credentials, it can be searched and mined for valuable insights.  The second reason I share this is to remind and re-energize our collaborative community to continue delivering valuable assets to the industry, as GENIVI has consistently done for 12 years.  GENIVI has continuously evolved to embrace innovation in the automotive industry resulting in active projects that are meaningful and relevant.  However, this evolution has resulted in less emphasis on past approaches, programs and outputs (many of which were valuable at the time of delivery) and the accumulation of "stuff" in our member wiki.

One of the most important programs in earlier years of the alliance was the GENIVI Compliance Program (reachable only my members with access credentials).  Automaker RFQs often requested GENIVI Compliant(TM) solutions from their suppliers.  This resulted in an active compliance program in which GENIVI members could measure compliance of their IVI platforms against a GENIVI Platform Compliance Specification.  Those that were successful received the right to use the trademark in their marketing materials and in their RFQ responses.  This led to a rapid increase of adoption by automakers for Linux-based solutions because of a robust ecosystem of solution providers, which was exactly why the compliance program was initially established.  As we survey that same ecosystem today, it is strong and the need for continuing the compliance program has waned as many commercial vendors today offer very mature IVI solutions.  As a result, the GENIVI Board has recently agreed to discontinue the compliance program, as it was defined previously, and to focus the alliance attention on other innovations like multi-OS integration and car to cloud connectivity.

The compliance program is one of many important "old GENIVI" outputs documented in the GENIVI member wiki.  Even though the program is paused, members may still find value today in some of its artifacts and in leveraging GENIVI open source code.  For representatives of member companies, GENIVI welcomes continued usage of the GENIVI member wiki, even though many parts of it are obsolete and not kept up to date.  If your credentials have expired or you have forgotten them, you can contact the GENIVI helpdesk to get them renewed.  And for all of us, let's keep accumulating good artifacts in our current projects as the industry needs collaborative and standard approaches to the challenges faced in today's connected car.  Even if it may eventually become "old stuff", let us keep pace with the speed of technology innovation and not let the future limit our productivity today.      




One of many challenges facing a 11-year old organization like GENIVI is answering the question, "What does GENIVI stand for now?"  Glad you asked!  GENIVI has quietly been improving ways to help others understand our current mission and has significantly simplified its web content - an important source of information on GENIVI's recent activities and outputs.



GENIVI set a goal early this year to produce assets that could be easily forwarded within our member organizations to inform managers and other technologists that should be aware of the alliance work.  GENIVI has now produced a two-minute video that clearly communicates the current focus and technical scope of several active GENIVI projects.  I urge you to take two minutes to watch the video, capture the URL and pass it on to others inside your organization for awareness.  And, as appropriate, feel free to pass it on to your partners and clients.  GENIVI is actively recruiting new members and contributors to our work, so we welcome newcomers to check us out.

While the video was being delivered, GENIVI also did a refresh of it website and wiki.  Over the course of the last 11 years, GENIVI has met many goals and effectively completed the mission upon which it was originally launched (Linux-based, open source IVI platform).  And over the years, messaging about adoption, compliance and many other alliance outputs had overly complicated navigation on both the website and the wiki.  With the new look and simplified navigation, we hope and expect you will find the content you are looking for quicker and with far less"noisy content" to wade through on your way.  The GENIVI communications team welcomes input on both sites as we are always looking for ways to improve both web properties.  Feel free to email Steve Crumb with your thoughts and suggestions. 

For those of you who have been around a long time, you know that GENIVI also has a members-only wiki, in which we kept artifacts prior to our moving to a more open approach toward collaboration.  That members-only wiki still exists and has become sort of an repository for loads of older content.  So, we have it on our list to simplify its content as an upcoming project.  If you haven't visited that wiki lately (or have forgotten your credentials), no worries, as nearly all of our current work is done on the public wiki mentioned earlier in this blog.  Stay tuned for an another blog updating you on some of that member-only content, including the compliance specification and related compliance program.  And don't forget to check out the video and let us know what you think!