GM gives de­vel­op­ers ac­cess to sim­u­lated data

AUTO NEWS

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Gen­eral Mo­tors has launched a next gen­er­a­tion in­fo­tain­ment soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit (NGI SDK) that al­lows soft­ware de­vel­op­ers around the world to de­velop and test in-ve­hi­cle ap­pli­ca­tions for GM’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems.

With the NGI SDK, apps can be built to run di­rectly on the ve­hi­cle us­ing HTML5 and JavaScript.

The de­vel­op­ment kit in­cludes the na­tive Ap­pli­ca­tion Pro­gram In­ter­faces (APIs) that al­low de­vel­op­ers ac­cess to nearly 400 ve­hi­cle data points — more than any other au­tomaker. Those data points in­clude:

• In­stru­ment panel mea­sure­ments, such as trip odome­ter and ve­hi­cle speed

• Drive in­for­ma­tion, such as pres­ence of pas­sen­gers or if the win­dows are open or closed • Ve­hi­cle fea­tures, such as ra­dio or backup cam­era • Per­for­mance and main­te­nance, such as oil life and tire pres­sure

• Lights and in­di­ca­tors, such as a burnt-out light bulb or low washer fluid

The NGI SDK mim­ics real ve­hi­cle data, al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers out­side GM to build apps with­out mak­ing fre­quent trips to Detroit to con­duct test­ing on in­fo­tain­ment mod­ules.

From 2015 to 2016, GM has seen data us­age by cus­tomers in­crease nearly 200 per­cent. Mo­bile app use for GM ve­hi­cles also hit an all-time high in 2016, with more than 225 mil­lion in­ter­ac­tions.

A GM soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit opens the door for in­fo­tain­ment app de­vel­op­ment.

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