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GENIVI Collaborates with Techstars Mobility - Startup Associate Member Program Grows

GENIVI has signed an agreement with Techstars Mobility of Detroit, Michigan to strengthen the relationship between startup companies, focusing on the future of mobility and connected car solutions, and the automotive industry. Companies in good standing in the Techstars Mobility program, focusing on next-generation mobility and transportation solutions, can join the GENIVI Startup Associate Member (SAM) Program at no cost for the first year. This membership will provide the startup companies with access to the GENIVI member community and broader visibility to the IVI and connected vehicle ecosystem, while providing GENIVI members with an opportunity to work with entrepreneurial companies who are bringing new, innovative ideas to the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry.

The GENIVI SAM Program, now with 14 member companies, encourages immediate, active participation in GENIVI technical and business activities by startups as they develop their first automotive products. The companies are introduced to the IVI and connected vehicle software context, and receive technical direction and guidance in the development or re-engineering of their prototype to meet automotive requirements.

At the recent GENIVI All Member Meeting, program sessions were held to hear from some of the startup organizations and a “Startup Alley” was featured at the GENIVI Member Showcase where startups showcased their products and/or approach.  Additionally, GENIVI awarded AVE Automedia with the “Best in Show Startup” award.

Visit the GENIVI website for more information on the GENIVI Startup Associate Member Program.

GENIVI Announces Enhanced GENIVI Development Platform

GENIVI recently announced the GENIVI Development Platform (GDP) 11 Release Candidate 3 (RC3) moving the GDP from a demonstrator to a true development platform. The new GDP 11 RC3 will serve as an essential tool allowing a broad base of developers to participate in open source development that produces innovative and mature code; and provide an “automotive context” to assist with testing, prototyping, enhancing and deploying IVI and connected car software.
Delivered and enhanced by the GENIVI community, the new GDP 11 RC3 features include:
  • Enhanced user experience with GENIVI-branded GUI and configurable application launcher
  • Enriched Software Development Environment (including SDK)
  • Improved GENIVI Baseline consistent with v.11 of the GENIVI Platform Compliance Specification
  • Increased vehicle connectivity with Remote Vehicle Interaction Core and SOTA Client
GENIVI has provided two release candidates for prospective adopters who may have different goals. GDP 11 RC2 gives adopters a more stable experience given the weeks of testing on multiple hardware boards, though without the new user interface and application launcher. GDP 11 RC3 gives adopters the absolute latest set of features including the new user interface and application launcher, though the stability of this candidate is still being proven.
For more information on GDP 11 RC3 visit the GENIVI wiki and you can also view a video of the GDP with the new User Interface here.

Impactful All Member Meeting Concludes in San Francisco

GENIVI concluded its fall All Member Meeting (AMM) last week in San Francisco/Burlingame, California, and by all measures, the event had a great impact. The program content, networking and technical productivity was on par or better than previous AMMs.

Tuesday’s program delivered member updates ranging from Expert Group updates, Security Team progress, GENIVI Development Platform (GDP) improvements, and the challenges facing GENIVI in the license compliance arena. The day kicked off with an “Apple-style” keynote where GENIVI President, Darren Benjamin, had a series of invited speakers talk about various aspects of the alliance progress ranging from financial stability to technical productivity.  View and download presentations here.

Wednesday’s program kicked off with two sessions on the role of the connected vehicle in the smart and connected cities of today and tomorrow. The program continued with insights into the future of connected transportation and how in-vehicle infotainment will evolve once autonomous vehicles arrive. The afternoon program emphasized the value of startups and innovation; an analyst’s view of the smart city, smart home and big data landscapes; and a talk about the value of bug bounty programs in the context of cybersecurity. As always, a highlight of the week was the Showcase and Reception where GENIVI launched the “Best in Show” competition (see results later in the newsletter). View and download presentations here.
On the technology side, Wednesday’s break-out tracks emphasized a number of practical issues in the security area, standard interface definition using Franca IDL, and rapid software testing. The Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) Expert Group (EG) had a number of productive breakouts as did a number of other EG’s and open projects. Hands-on training for the GENIVI Development Platform was also given during both Wednesday and Thursday programs.
Thursday morning was given to the GENIVI Startup Associate Member program where representatives from several GENIVI startup members engaged the audience in dialogs about innovation and new approaches conceived by these startups. On the technology side, the work on Vehicle Web APIs was presented in a single track where W3C presented the on-going work in their Automotive Business Group in close coordination with GENIVI which was detailed further in two sessions on the GENIVI Location Based Services APIs and the Vehicle Data Interface.
The event was yet another success in a long line of GENIVI AMMs and we wish to extend our appreciation to the numerous sponsors (listed to the right) for their generosity. We also wish to thank all attendees and speakers and we look forward to gathering for our next AMM in Birmingham, UK on 9-11 May 2017.

Best of Show Awards
A new awards program, Best of Show, was launched during the AMM showcase and networking reception in Burlingame. The Best of Show competition is designed for organizations to compete for one or more awards in three categories. Winners in each category received the greatest number of votes from showcase attendees. Please congratulate our 2016 Showcase Best of Show winners: 
GDP Demonstration - Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas has a long history of supporting the GDP platform and every generation since inception. They demonstrated their Porter board running on the GDP platform with the newest user interface and application launcher. Future M3 Starter Kit implementations will provide automotive grade hardware for developers at an affordable cost increasing the reach of the GDP to non-automotive developers.
Startup Demonstration - AVE Automedia
AVE AutoMedia demonstrated Neptune, a kid’s video app that features science, technology, engineering, art and math content for children ages 2 to 10. The Neptune demo was presented on an iPad tablet and showed video streaming and parental controls with a simulation for how navigation data from the IVI system can be used to enhance the user experience. Neptune allows parents to control the content experience while giving children a universe of educational and entertaining videos that they can take with them.
New Innovation Demonstration – Excelfore
Excelfore demonstrated live SOTA updates to GENIVI-based IVI platforms. Shortly before the AMM, ITK Engineering and Excelfore announced their partnership to provide integrated FOTA/SOTA solutions with fully comprehensive vehicle safety and cybersecurity for the automotive market. 
Most Valuable Contributor Awards
The following individual members were recognized during the San Francisco/Burlingame All Member Meeting for their valuable contributions to the GENIVI Alliance:
  • Leon Anavi (Konsulko) - Nominated by the GDP Team for excellent work on GDP enhancements.  (Note: award was received by Pete Popov from Konsulko on Leon’s behalf). 
  • Gunnar Andersson (Volvo) - Nominated by many for executing the rollout of the continuous integration system (including hosting a server).
  • Rudi Streif (JLR) - Nominated by RVI-EG for work supporting the W3C liaison work on the Vehicle Signaling Specification (VSS). 
Please join us in congratulating these individuals who have made significant contributions to the success of the GENIVI Alliance.

View images from the AMM provided by Mike Nunnery here.

GENIVI Compliance Registrations and Approvals on the Rise

We are pleased to report that GENIVI has seen an increase in the number of compliance registrations and approvals since the last All Member Meeting. With the recently approved 11th version of the GENIVI Compliance Specification by the board of directors, we are optimistic that this trend will continue.

The registration cycle for the V11.0 release has started and submissions will be accepted for review. Please see the compliance documents available here. Note that GENIVI is now no longer receiving registrations for versions 7.0 or earlier.

The Board would like to recognize the hard work of all involved in putting this release together and appreciates the hours spent to continue the advancement and maturity of the software platform represented in the V11.0 Compliance Specification.

GENIVI at CES2017 (Book Now)

Once again it is that time of year when GENIVI begins preparing for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the largest networking event of the year for both GENIVI and its member community. The alliance’s activities continue to grow and as a result, we want to provide you with the latest information to consider and to share with your colleagues as you consider your plans for CES2017. 
GENIVI CES Demonstration Showcase and Networking Event Registration
On the evening of 5 January, GENIVI will host its seventh annual CES Networking Reception and Showcase event at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
GENIVI has secured 11 (33rd floor) penthouse suites (17,500 sq. ft.) overlooking the Las Vegas strip and famous Bellagio fountains.  This new venue allows GENIVI to host over 33 showcases this year. The showcase will open at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

Registration for attendance is now open by going to the following link: using passcode "iwillattend." 
CES Sponsorships and Participation Opportunities in the Showcase
If you are interested in participating in the Bellagio Showcase at CES2017 on 5 January or becoming an event sponsor, please send an email to Mike Nunnery stating your organization’s interests. You can learn more about participating in the showcase by going to the GENIVI Community on the GENIVI wiki here.

We would like to thank our current CES2017 Sponsors:  Renesas (Diamond), Mentor Automotive (Emerald), Luxoft (Platinum), Wind River, Abalta Technologies, irdeto and HARMAN International (Gold) and OpenSynergy (Silver).  Sponsorships are still available that provide premier benefits related to visibility, location and showcase space in the penthouse; we expect these to sell out quickly.  Please email Mike Nunnery at to secure either a sponsorship or standard table in the showcase.
GENIVI Room Block at CES2017
GENIVI has secured a number of discounted sleeping rooms at the Trump Hotel for our members to take advantage of during CES2017.  Room charges per night vary from $139-$359 depending on the night.  If you are interested in booking a room at the Trump with the GENIVI room block discount, please email Mike Nunnery for special instructions to obtain access to the GENIVI room block.  Rooms are available on a first come basis.
GENIVI and SAE “Connect2Vehicle” Full Day Conference
On 5 January (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), GENIVI and SAE International will be hosting a full day supersession called “Connect2Car” in the North Hall room N258 (main floor of CES) where we expect an audience of over 350. GENIVI will be presenting two panel sessions in the morning followed by two additional sessions presented by SAE.  A detailed abstract of each session along with a full list of speakers/panelists is available on the GENIVI community wiki here.   The link to sign-up for the Connect2Car sessions at CES2017 is available here. The code to receive a 25 percent discount is “GENIVI25.” Note: On step 8 of the registration page, under the “Edit Reg Summary” header there is a box to put a code in and activate the discount.

Marketing Opportunities at Upcoming Events

GENIVI at Automobility LA, 14-16 November
GENIVI will be showcasing the Remove Vehicle Interaction (RVI) project during the 2016 Automobility LA event in Los Angeles, California. The GENIVI 10x20 booth (#1001) will feature the well-known and impressive Jaguar F-Type convertible showing the following three demos:
End-to-end RVI provisioning system
The RVI project's mobile unlock demo is expanded with the new RVI provisioning system to create signed certificates and their associated credentials, allowing for distributed provisioning and accreditation of vehicles and mobile devices alike. The demo will show how a virtual car key can be generated and sent out to a mobile device running a stock unlock app, which can then use it to unlock a vehicle.
Peer-to-peer control of local media using RVI
Using the native RVI Android SDK we implement a media player controller on a mobile device that connects to a vehicle, negotiate temporary permissions, and control the GENIVI GDP 11 Media Player running in the head unit. The Android media player app uses RVI to discover, authenticate, and negotiate rights with the vehicle in a pure P2P fashion with no Internet connection required.
Hortonworks Big Data
The RVI Big Data effort is how RVI can deliver messages to a cloud server as well as give access control. Having Dynamic Agents feed into the Hortonworks DataFlow, the system will be able to act on things such as real time weather data for a specified location to alert or remotely roll up the windows for your car. All this data will be retained in a Hadoop cluster which can then be used by data scientists or other applications to garner more insights.
We look forward to seeing many of our GENIVI members in attendance at this event.  If any GENIVI member needs a complimentary pass to the exhibit-only area at Automobility LA, please contact Mike Nunnery.

Best regards,


Steve Crumb
Executive Director, GENIVI Alliance
Office: +1 815.469.5322  |  Cell: +1 815.342.4083
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GENIVI at Automobility LA
14-16 November 2016
Los Angeles, California USA

5 January 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Passcode "iwillattend" 

GENIVI and SAE Connect2Vehicle Full Day Conference
5 January 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Passcode “GENIVI25”



Recent approvals for GENIVI Compliant™  or Works with GENIVI™ Programs:

ADIT - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

Aisin AW - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

Delphi - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

LG Electronics - GENIVI Compliance V9.0

NVIDIA - GENIVI Compliance V7.0

Pelagicore - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

Renesas Electronics - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) - GENIVI Compliance V10.0

Tata Elxsi - GENIVI Compliance V8.0


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