Welcome!

News Feed Item

OpenCar Launches First Connected Car App Platform to Support Both Developers and Integrators

OpenCar Inc., a Seattle-based software company that aims to bridge the gap between automakers and software developers, today announced it has forged a strategic partnership with the Mazda Motor Corporation to launch a new standards-based App platform called OpenCar Connect. In the Mazda booth at the 2014 International CES, OpenCar will demonstrate a new App development paradigm that empowers software developers to create automotive-grade code for multiple automakers.

“Mazda is serious about innovating drivers’ in-car connectivity experience. So we partnered with OpenCar to enable 3rd party developers to create a ground-breaking variety of Apps while promoting the absolute highest level of safety,” said Masashi Yamasaki, General Manager of Electrical & Electronics Development Dept. for Mazda Motor Corporation. “Our collaboration with OpenCar will produce an App platform which Mazda can pre-define our own safety and HMI requirements into and thus enable App developers to create automotive-grade Apps even without expertise about automobiles or safety. We invite 3rd party developers who share Mazda’s game-changing spirit to further our vision for safely enhancing drivers’ connected lifestyles.”

Automakers have put enormous effort into their Connected Car programs with the goal of delivering a safe, seamless experience for their customers. However, it has been challenging to keep pace with the rapidly changing tastes of consumers and constant innovation in the mobile market. Ensuring a safe, uniform experience is a critical design priority for automakers, but this requirement is uncharted territory for most independent App developers. In order to develop for the automotive market, developers must learn each automaker’s standards to meet driving safety requirements and utilize vehicle data.

Founded in 2011 by veterans from the software, cloud and mobile industries, Seattle-based OpenCar has created a new framework and tools that enable the creation of powerful automotive Apps which work seamlessly across divergent makes and models. Automakers and their integrators can use the OpenCar tools to build profiles that match each vehicle’s visual and functional interface design, hardware controls and voice interaction middleware.

“After two years of focused work on this game-changing platform, we are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase it along with Mazda at the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show,” said Jeff Payne, CEO for OpenCar. “The automotive market is working overtime in its effort to provide choices for the consumer. And while several automakers have released code development libraries that aim to let developers bring their creativity into the car, the developer community is still searching for a complete solution that meets their needs. The OpenCar team has successfully completed many innovation cycles in the connected applications domain, and we understand how an open, standards-based platform can revolutionize a platform’s adoption. The ‘open’ in OpenCar means we make our automotive platform accessible to the large, established developer community through a catalogue of open APIs and familiar tools, technologies and services. We believe this factor, combined with a streamlined process for reusing existing code and integrating new Apps, will finally deliver on the promise of the Connected Car.”

Press or industry analysts attending this year’s International CES are invited to view a live demonstration of the OpenCar platform inside the Mazda booth, located at LVCC, North Hall, #314. To schedule a time, contact Rob Nachbar at 206-427-0389. Software developers interested in learning more about using the OpenCar Software Development Kit can navigate to sdk.opencar.com.

About OpenCar

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Seattle, OpenCar is building the industry’s first open and highly customizable, standards-based platform to safely and securely connect drivers to their digital worlds. With deep experience in core web technologies and platform architecture design, OpenCar is partnering with automotive manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers, and App developers to define a new set of standards that will transform the in-car experience for drivers. OpenCar is a member of the GENIVI consortium. For more information about OpenCar, visit www.opencar.com.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi LTD., will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will be featuring the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio. This is the industry’s only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search an...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software in the hope of capturing value in IoT. Although IoT is relatively new in the market, it has already gone through many promotional terms such as IoE, IoX, SDX, Edge/Fog, Mist Compute, etc. Ultimately, irrespective of the name, it is about deriving value from independent software assets participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across supply chain networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost and time for product recall as well as advance trade. Are you curious about Blockchain and how it can provide you with new opportunities for innovation and growth? In her session at 20th Cloud Exp...
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing be...
Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance anywhere. Database Performance Analyzer monitors on-premises, on VMware®, and in the Cloud, including Amazon® AWS and Azure™ virtual machines.
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr. Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe.