Even in the age where services such as OnStar from General Motors can be used to call for help in the event of an automobile accident, seconds still matter when it comes to major trauma injuries. As part of an effort to save more lives by relaying critical information faster, Rave Mobile Safety and public safety officials from King County, Washington, in cooperation with automotive providers of telematics data such as OnStar, demonstrated how APIs are being used to stream information in real time to the call centers manned by emergency services personnel.
The WebUSB API grants USB-connected devices direct access to web services. The draft API was recently published at WICG and the creators are open to feedback on GitHub. While the API is not a universal solution, it could have major implications for the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT).