Zubie, a connected car solution provider, has launched an open API to create the Zubie platform for the Internet of Cars, or ZinC. Since its founding in 2012, Zubie has launched many products and services that create a connected car ecosystem. The ZinC API opens up Zubie capabilities to third-party developers and businesses.
ZinC targets developers in both the enterprise and consumer spaces. Enterprise interest in ZinC could stem from interests such as fleet management, fuel costs or other operational efficiencies. Consumer interests such as in-car entertainment, communication and up-to-date travel information could all benefit a connected car with Zubie insights.
Features available through the API include vehicle sensor data (e.g., fuel levels, odometer readings and diagnostic codes), real-time location (live maps that trigger actions in connected devices, etc.), driving analytics (custom logic and algorithms to identify better efficiencies), and trips and expenses (fuel economy, trip routes, optimum time to travel, etc.). Zubie has already integrated ZinC with a number of third parties: ZinC fuels Safeco's Teen Driving Program, drives online booking through Openbay and enables Urgent.ly's on-demand roadside assistance.
On the heels of industry announcements from major car manufacturers denying access to vehicle information to platforms such as iOS in the Car and Android Auto, the industry might find that ZinC propels Zubie into a leading role in the connected-car developer space.
"The Internet of Cars industry is growing, but there is still much more to be tapped," Zubie CEO Tim Kelly commented. "ZinC opens a door for new players to enter and create applications that help small businesses and consumers, ultimately moving the market opportunity forward."
For access to ZinC, enroll as a developer and register your app. In addition to the REST API, Zubie offers WebHooks for integrating events into applications. Methods include accounts, notifications, places, trips, users and vehicles. To learn more, check out the API docs.