General Motors is making the lives of developers that much easier as it announced its latest software development kit for in-car infotainment.
The next generation infotainment software development kit (NGI SDK) provides a one-stop package of software for developers to create, test and debug in-car infotainment applications from anywhere in the world. Unlike the previous way of doing things, GM has made 400 vehicle data points available for developers and there is no need to make the trip to Detroit, Michigan, to test an app.
Essential data points include:
- Instrument panel measurements, such as trip odometer and vehicle speed
- Drive information, such as presence of passengers or if the windows are open or closed
- Vehicle features, such as radio or backup camera
- Performance and maintenance, such as oil life and tire pressure
- Lights and indicators, such as a burnt-out lightbulb or low washer fluid
As stated, the ease of use with this NGI SDK is infinitely greater than the old console rig used in person for developers. Those using the NGI SDK can hone in on any specific data points and the software will simulate a range of activities such as outside air temperature, cruise control info, road type and speed limit.
“We want to let developers know that we are open for business,” said Ed Wrenbeck, director of Application Ecosystem and Development, General Motors. GM has nearly 12 million connected vehicles on the road today, the largest fleet of any automaker.
“Our customers want technology to safely allow them or their passengers to stay connected to the outside world no matter where they go. The NGI SDK allows developers to get creative and help us build apps that will create a safer, smarter and more efficient in-vehicle experience for customers.”
GM states mobile app usage for its vehicles reached 225 million interactions in 2016 with that figure ultimately expected to climb higher.
For additional information and to access the NGI SDK, you can follow the link right here.