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A standardized, globalized interface specification for vehicle-to-cloud data has been announced by the Sensoris innovation platform, coordinated by the Ertico-ITS Europe partnership. This data specification is said to be a crucial piece of digital infrastructure for connected and automated driving as it “closes the loop” between a vehicle’s sensors, map and connected services.

This builds on work initiated by Here Technologies, which published in 2015 the first open specification for sending sensor data gathered by cars to the cloud for processing and analysis. Here submitted the universal data format to Ertico-ITS Europe in 2016, and the work was evolved into the standardized interface specification under the Sensoris Innovation Platform, a collaboration between 28 leading vehicle manufacturers, telecommunications, ADAS and navigation suppliers, as well as location, content and service providers.

The data specification covers input on weather environment, road infrastructure, traffic regulation, traffic events and behaviour as well as the in-vehicle status. Sensoris is now participating in the Open AutoDrive Forum to harmonize data flow and allow interoperability between data formats, with plans for testing in real-world scenarios.

“Sensoris data closes the essential loop between the vehicle and cloud,” explained Prokop Jehlicka, innovation manager at Here Technologies and chairman for Sensoris, in a statement. “Automated vehicles rely on the efficient delivery of data services and Sensoris provides the necessary feed of near real-time information on the road environment. The specification’s release is an important achievement for the industry, and we now have the opportunity to create broad adoption through real-world testing and the integration of Sensoris with existing data standard formats.”

Ertico-ITS Europe represents over 120 public and private companies and organizations, including traffic and transport industry stakeholders, public authorities, user organizations, vehicle manufacturers, service providers, suppliers, and mobile network operators. At its recent annual ‘Think Tank’ event, held last month in Brussels, a panel of speakers discussed issues including the importance of supporting start-ups to reinvent mobility; the role of ‘prosumers’ (providers + consumers) in the co-creation and development of multi-modal and shared or peer-to-peer mobility services; and the challenges and regulations around data sharing.

-Farah Alkhalisi