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W3C and automotive: how to bring the Web on cars

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February 3, 2015, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) that with a staff full-time work with the public in order to develop Web standards, has announced a new and closer cooperation with the car manufacturers to provide drivers and passengers Web experience unprecedented. The objectives will be to be able to provide sales of standard and more secure access to vehicle data. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO has recently stated that “Car owners wishing to access the Web and receive real-time updates about their vehicles and the surrounding world, including time, traffic and parking information”, also, “They want an integration with their mobile devices. No other platform can match the capabilities of the Web to overcome difficulties arising from the differences between the data that come from cars, user devices, Web and Internet of Things. However, you must enable Web access without compromising safety, and allow secure access to the data in a way that takes into account user preferences in terms of privacy. The support from the automotive industry is an encouraging sign for the Open Web Platform will be able to help for a safer and more enjoyable. “Manufacturers of cars, chip manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile operators have begun to work in within the W3C on early versions of specific data for cars, as vehicle identification, acceleration and speed, tire pressure, and for the customization information, such as seat position and setting the air conditioner. The newly formed Automotive Working Group has taken on the burden of carrying these initial specifications in terms of Web standards.


Many industry leaders in the automotive industry have participated in the Automotive and Web Platform Business Group that created the first drafts of the specifications. Among them: BSQUARE, BlackBerry, Continental, Ford, General Motors, GENIVI Alliance, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (KI) Gmbh, Harman, iHeartMedia, Intel, JEITA, Jaguar Land Rover, the Japan Automobile Research Institute, KDDI, LG Electronics Mitsubishi, Neusoft, Nokia, OpenCar, Orange, Pandora Media, Porsche, Samsung, Telenor, TotalFinaElf, Verisign, Visteon, Vodafone, and Volkswagen. “The W3C thanks the Automotive Business Group, has provided a great forum, which brings together a range of stakeholders, where companies traditionally in the automotive industry, as OEMs and Tier 1, can collaborate openly with the companies that are dealing with content and technologies, typically not associated with the industries of the automotive sector, to produce technical reports on use cases, requirements and draft specifications, “added Paul Boyes, Director of Telematics and Standards, OpenCar, and Co- chair of both the business that the Working Group. Boyes concluded by saying that “With the creation of the Automotive Working Group, this cooperation will continue, eventually producing standards that will pave the way for a more rapid innovation in the area of ​​connected cars, with benefits for the entire industry.” In parallel the standardization effort, the Automotive and Web Platform Business Group, launched two years ago, will devote his attention to the development of requirements for a number of new topics, such as tuners for media and voice interfaces.

Today the IT market board worth tens of billions of dollars a year. This is the application associated with the world’s most technological push in recent years aimed at conquering the automotive industry. We are facing the era of speedy, even the computer in a car. The first steps have been moved by Microsoft with its “Embedded Automotive”, a software developed for years to bring connectivity with Windows (mobile or not) by car. Microsoft had launched its “Auto PC” back in 1998, during one of the annual conferences for consumer electronics in Las Vegas, CES. Over time there have been Ford, Fiat, Kia, Nissan, Citroen, Nissan, Hyundai and even Samsung. Put your code inside the cars was also the goal of Nokia: the Finnish brand, now acquired by Microsoft, had worked in an operating system based on Linux. In 2009 it was released a version for car and created GENIVI, a consortium with machine manufacturers (GM, Volvo, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai again) that now administer the system between them, since Nokia has withdrawn. The car market is emerging from an unprecedented global crisis grace investment in development focused on reducing costs, safety, and only in recent years, thanks to the recovery of certain geographic markets and demand for emerging countries. More recently, Google introduced the littleegg” entirely designed and built in their R & D department. In the prototype, compact lines, typical of the city car of the latest generation is her unusual interior ergonomics, not yet disclosable as images, but focuses on a new way of conceiving space. Two seats, no steering wheel and a mini “cockpit” with the most important information, projected onto a screen tablet style. Basically the car designed as a PC.

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