Automotive and Web at W3C

In recognition of increased consumer demand for data and services in Connected Cars, the automotive industry is working at W3C to bring drivers and passengers a rich Web experience. Read industry testimonials.

How does the Web benefit industry and consumers?

Customer satisfaction

Consumers want safe and secure access to the Web, entertainment, and information (about the car, weather, traffic, etc.) that will improve driving and work smoothly with other consumer devices.

Customer relations

The Web makes it easier for auto makers to maintain relations with their customers over the life of the car, through apps that run in the car's head unit or on mobile phones and other devices.

Improved ROI

Web technology reduces the cost of creating, deploying, updating, and reusing cross-platform apps that can run in any car. A large developer community and open standards lower costs and prevent vendor lock-in.

Improved safety

Safety can be improved through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

Data innovation

Developers want to use car data in new ways, aggregating vehicle data, user data, and the Internet of Things.

Traffic efficiency

Public bodies are looking into use of shared data to improve traffic efficiency, and Web technology eases data integration.

Many industry reports have confirmed that a significant majority of consumers want safe and secure access to the Web from their connected car. Yet vehicle-specific application platforms have limited appeal to developers because the market size is small (compared to mobile devices, for example) and there is a high cost to learning and developing code for multiple platforms. On the other hand, the Open Web Platform is a scalable solution for apps in connected cars enabling companies to capitalize on this connectivity trend:

  • It is the most interoperable system available
  • It is a decentralized, neutral platform, and W3C standards are designed to be Royalty-Free.
  • Open standards designed to run anywhere lower the cost of creating apps (including hybrid)
  • No app installation is required, updates happen over the air, and apps work offline as well.
  • A large developer community has years of experience with Web technologies.

With active participation from the automotive industry, W3C is working to bring drivers and passengers a rich Web experience.

Ensuring the Web Meets Industry Requirements

That is why, in 2013 the automotive industry launched the Automotive and Web Platform Business Group to ensure that the Open Web Platform will meet the unique needs of the automotive industry, and to help stakeholders within the automotive industry to build a good and practical understanding on the standardization processes within the W3C. As of early 2015, more than 50 companies and organizations participate in the group.

The group published completed drafts at the end of 2014 and is now looking at how to integrate the media tuner and speech interfaces into Web applications.

Creating Web Standards for Automotive

In 2015 W3C launched the Automotive Working Group to develop Open Web Platform specifications for HTML5/JavaScript application developers enabling Web connectivity through in-vehicle infotainment systems and vehicle data access protocols. The group's first focus is to advance the Business Group's draft specifications to standards.

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Industry testimonials

The Web Platform is of great importance for BMW...Maximilian Michel, BMW AG
...the dynamic nature of HTML5 allows the same apps to change their looks and HMI for different car lines and manufactures.Paul Boyes, OpenCar
By 2018, one in five cars on the road will be "self-aware" and able to discern and share information on their mechanical health, their global position and status of their surroundings.Thio Koslowski, Gartner
The car is becoming just another device in the Internet of thing. Increasingly, you must be a technology company to be in a leadership position in the auto industry.Raj Nair, Group Vice-President of Product Development, Ford
The automotive industry will only create a big connected car market when it adopts developer-centric business models that embrace choice as the key to unlock a new tidal wave of demand."Apps for connected cars?" report, VisionMobile