W3C in collaboration with automotive industry announced the new standards for automotive electronics application vendors enabling secure access to vehicle data.
The standards help automotive vendors to develop smart applications where car users can connect to the Web and receive real-time updates about their vehicles and the surroundings such as weather, traffic, and parking information.
The new standards also allow car to communicate with mobile phones more smoothly. The diversity of data from outside world and the user's mobile phone and the car itself need these standards for transfer of data in a secured manner. The new standards also address privacy related issues and also safe driving.
The new standards are developed in collaboration with semiconductor chip makers, Internet browser makers, and mobile service operators. They have come together in February 2013 to draft specifications for car data, such as vehicle identification, acceleration and speed, tire pressure, battery status, and personalization information such as seat position and climate information. Now the group is working to advance those draft specifications to Web standards.
The new standards addresses challenges such as over-the-air software/firmware updates and advanced diagnostics. Using Web technology automotive apps can be developed faster.
The companies and industry groups participated in the Automotive and Web Platform Business Group that created the draft specifications, includes: BSQUARE, BlackBerry, Continental, Ford, General Motors,
GENIVI Alliance, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (KI) Gmbh, Harman, Hyundai, iHeartMedia, Intel, JEITA, Jaguar Land Rover, Japan Automobile Research Institute, KDDI, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Neusoft, Nokia, OpenCar, Orange, Pandora Media, Porsche, Samsung, Sharp, Telenor, TotalFinaElf, Verisign, Visteon, Vodafone, and Volkswagen.
In February 2015, W3C also launched new work on the Web of Things to accelerate the development of open markets for products and services based on tags, sensors and actuators, and other data on the Web.