March 14, 2016

Interoperable Automotive Standards Influence Innovation

Standards are the backbone for developing automotive applications for e-commerce store catalogs, parts distribution and sale, as well as diagnostic data communications with an automotive ECU. The two most widely used standards for commerce transactions in North America and Europe, for example, differ in both semantics and style. While each serves a different geography, the lack of interoperability renders it impossible for automotive products to flow seamlessly across the various manufacturer information systems linked to distributor inventory and marketplaces. While the core standards are available in english, there is a growing need for localization of these standards wherever vehicles are marketed and sold – basically all parts of the world. The parts taxonomy also requires implementation of interoperable standards to substantially reduce product development costs and ensure that information can cross from one system to the next while being readily understood by users. Similar initiatives at ISO and WWH-OBD organizations for vehicle telematics would result in harmonized data for OEM-specific diagnostic variants.

The trend towards rapid vehicle connectivity, remote communications with autonomous vehicles, and real-time diagnostics data exchange essential to delivery of emergency roadside services is inextricably tied to interoperability. The industry recognizes the need for interoperable vehicle and diagnostics standards, supplemental specifications for domain specific applications such as powertrain and infotainment, and shared data services to connect vehicles and communication networks to influence innovations.  In a sea of such rapid transformation in the automotive industry, SHIFTMobility’s goal is to bring it all together.

Automotive Platform As a Service

Businesses are realizing that isolated information technology systems are no longer the norm, and their use is quickly disappearing in the mobile connected environment. Automotive platform as a service could, however, provide novel ways to accomplish interoperability purposes with existing systems such as vehicle tracking, communication with on board vehicle diagnostic systems, or transfer of vehicle data and eCall services. Integrated devices consuming and sharing automotive events also require a standards based data exchange to process information with service providers across all domains in automotive.

Unified Standards Architecture

SHIFTMobility is the first and only platform to bring true interoperability to the automotive aftermarket. The platform consists of a rich taxonomy of vehicle, component suppliers, and automotive vocabulary allowing for the seamless integration of North American and European automotive standards. Through a unified standards architecture, it offers developers interoperability and both internationalization and localization services. It also supports more than 90 languages, useful for transforming vehicle and parts specifications into local languages for hundreds of manufacturers worldwide.

The platform conveniences developers through the integration with complex distributor systems, management of simultaneous deployments across cross-platform mobile applications, and communication with comprehensive API’s and with multiple enterprise applications from any mobile device.

From vehicle access and control to service networks, the next generation of automotive applications and connected car devices will allow users to perform actions based on interoperable standards that can adapt to the quickly evolving automotive landscape.  The flexibility and portability of SHIFTMobility’s platform gives manufacturers faster access to global markets, with many industry experts believing it will revolutionize the way automotive products and services are conceived and delivered.

Arvind Jain, President & Co-Founder