The GENIVI Alliance, a community developing open source software and standards for the connected car and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an Internet of Things (IoT) standards body, announced Wednesday a liaison agreement.
Under this agreement the two organizations will co-develop open standards for vehicle connectivity and vehicle data exchange, including a unified model for secure discovery and exchange of information between smart homes, connected cars and other IoT devices. The joint effort will also address end-to-end security challenges and will be the basis for a growing number of V2X (Vehicle-to-everything) solutions, enabling new opportunities across multiple verticals.
Headquartered in San Ramon California, the GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit alliance focused on developing an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connectivity platform for the transportation industry. The alliance provides its members with a global networking community of more than 140 companies, joining connected car stakeholders with world-class developers in a collaborative environment, resulting in free, open source middleware.
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) created a specification and is sponsoring an open source project to make this possible. OCF will unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open specification. OCF helps to ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry. The AllSeen Alliance now operates under the Open Connectivity Foundation.
GENIVI and OCF will also closely collaborate with the W3C Automotive Working Group, which develops an Open Web Platform API specification, to expose vehicle data to web application developers.
At CES 2017, the two organizations demonstrated a smart home gateway that featured vehicle-to-smart-home connectivity utilizing GENIVI Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI), Vehicle Signal Specification (VSS) and OCF’s loTivity technologies. The well-received demonstration displayed visionary approaches on how connected vehicles can interact with IoT and the smart home.
“OCF believes in technology partnerships that will help drive our vision of ensuring secure interoperability for consumers and business, across multiple industry verticals,” said Joonho Park, executive director of OCF. “We are excited about today’s announcement which helps us build on our momentum to deliver specifications and open source components that will benefit the entire IoT ecosystem. We’ve had a productive, year-long collaboration with GENIVI, resulting in open source contributions to key IoT projects and technology demonstrations at CES 2017 that were received extremely well by attendees.”