HERE convenes meeting to drive data transfer standards

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Car giants Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have made the latest attempt to establish a standard for the transmission of connected car data to the cloud with mobile navigation service HERE .

HERE said the workshop, which was held in Michigan and included INRIX, Robert Bosch and TomTom, was key to help car makers and vendors determine how data can be used.

The company, which Nokia is selling to a consortium of German car manufacturers, said the ability to share data globally, while protecting the privacy of the road user, was vital for the future of the connected car.

Developing a standard would be key for data transfer. By amassing anonymised data in the cloud, HERE said live traffic information would be able to be sent to drivers.

Participants in the workshop discussed issues including content, security, anonymisation, accuracy and efficiency. Other discussions included how to hand over developing the specification to a third party body to ensure widespread cooperation.

HERE said it is already in discussions with two unnamed standards bodies about a proposed specification.

Roger Lanctot, Associate Director, Strategy Analytics, said: “This data-focused initiative intended to enhance driving safety extends beyond the collection, interpretation and integration of data to the very process of collaboration that is redefining the purpose of vehicle connectivity.

“In the brave new connected world facing the industry, car companies will for the first time begin to share data for the greater collective good.”

Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice President of Automotive at HERE, added: "Connectivity is transforming the automotive industry and soon cars will generate tremendous amounts of data that can be used to reduce the number of accidents and congestion on the roads.

“An accident free future becomes more likely when as many industry players as possible around the world can work together to help cars get the full picture of the road ahead.”

HERE held its first workshop in Berlin during the summer. The next event is scheduled for next month in Tokyo.