Mercedes-Benz Launches HIGH MOBILITY-Powered Experimental Connected Vehicle API
Here at HIGH MOBILITY we’re excited to tell you about a new project we’ve been working on with the digital unit at Mercedes-Benz. The German automotive giant has today launched an experimental Connected Vehicle API, an API designed specifically for the building and testing of connected car applications and services for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. This interface is a key part of the Mercedes-Benz /developers, a Developer Platform which already offers Car Configurator, Dealer and Vehicle Images APIs. The launch of this API is further evidence of Mercedes-Benz’ commitment to connected car technology and an open developer ecosystem. From our side, this is another exciting opportunity for us to work with the talented teams at this prestigious car manufacturer.
The experimental Connected Vehicle API offers developers a preview into working with car data such as door locks, tire pressure, fuel levels, state of charge (battery level), car odometer and vehicle location, while the car simulator — powered by HIGH MOBILITY — will provide an accurate simulation of the user experience.
What this means is that application developers will have the freedom to work on their apps and get a real feel for what they are working with, without the need to have a real Mercedes-Benz vehicle at hand. Through the simulation of a car state, it will also be possible to test the user experience of each individual application, a game-changing advantage to both developer and car maker. In essence, the simulator makes the process of developing an app for a connected car significantly more efficient, accessible and with far fewer errors.
The integration of HIGH MOBILITY’s car simulator into the Mercedes-Benz Developer Platform for development, testing and innovation follows on from the success of the manufacturing giant’s international Digital Challenge. The Challenge saw thousands of developers registering to build applications and services for Mercedes-Benz cars using a similar in-platform car simulator or “virtual car” in conjunction with developer tools, resources and documentation. The rolling out of a permanent addition to the Mercedes-Benz digital arm demonstrates the company’s investment in a connected automotive future and we’re very proud to be a part of it.