The Connected Car is Here

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Consumers in today's programmable world are deriving value from connected experiences that extend beyond their smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Come learn about GM OnStar's journey through 17 years of connectivity: how they are opening up to developers and creating a thriving digital ecosystem through APIs, apps, and data.


  • 1. The Connected Car is Here Nick Pudar

2. A Long Journey to APIs GM has been pursuing connected vehicle solutions for many years An API strategy is a significant pivot for an entirely new journey A quick recap of our journey 3. 1966 Driver Aid, Information & Routing Audio traffic alerts Visual road sign minder Route navigation Coded voice communications via radio links Required embedded magnets in roadways 4. 1987 Mobile Communication Network Focus on passenger communications to others outside the vehicle Explore Vehicle-To-Infrastructure opportunities for safer travel Required construction of private nationwide microwave tower network 5. 1994 Project Beacon Create innovative new business built on connectivity Leverage strength of unique corporate assets Successful demonstration of real value of opportunity Governance structure too complex 6. 1996 OnStar Corporation Peace of Mind services Safety & Security Diagnostics Navigation Deep vehicle integration Live Advisors Leverages existing cellular network for communications Leverages existing satellite network for geolocation 7. 2010: Leveraging APIs for our own Applications In 2010 we applied our APIs to provide industry leading information access and control for our Volt customers We have extended these features for all of our vehicles with the RemoteLink app 8. Todays Reality: API Services Remote APIs provide both One-Way and Two-Way vehicle interface All API calls go through our secure back-office infrastructure All vehicle connectivity is through OnStars proprietary channels 9. We Started a Developer Program This Year SDK/Emulator for In-Vehicle apps Remote APIs for cloud-based access Actively engaging with developer community Hackathons Sponsored contests 10. Smartgrid Example Utilities can use APIs to provide intelligent Demand Response solutions Presence of renewable energy in grid can signal participating EVs to start charging First instance of consumers having a real demand signal for renewable energy See this example at the display booth 11. Urban Mobility Solutions Will Get Better Integration 12. Where next? (illustrative example) Who is familiar with IFTTT? 13. IFTTT Connects Events and Activities through APIs 14. OnStar essentially has been doing this internally 15. More is possible 16. MUCH MORE: Intent Engines Become Accessible 17. Programmable personalization 18. Understanding Stakeholders Matters A successful API implementation must consider total system needs and implications Easy to address a single stakeholder Harder to address two stakeholders needs Difficult to develop a systemic solution 19. Stakeholders Needs 20. Thank you