April 16, 2014
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops web standards, has announced the launch of the new "Automotive and Web Platform Business Group" which will create web technology specifications for the automotive industry starting with a Vehicle Data API Specification.
In January, OnStar announced an API would allow third party developers to integrate their applications with OnStar's platform. Last week, General Motors announced its first partner for API integration: RelayRides. RelayRides is "[t]he world's largest peer to peer carsharing marketplace." The partnership with GM allows OnStar users to leave their keys in their cars when renting a car to a fellow RelayRider. The renter can then unlock the car with a smartphone app or by responding to a text message.