GM gives developers access to simulated data
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.
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.