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Re: Vehicle Signal Specification

From: Volker Fricke <VFRICKE@de.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 12:55:00 +0000
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To: "Streif, Rudolf" <rstreif@jaguarlandrover.com>
Cc: Magnus Feuer <mfeuer1@jaguarlandrover.com>, public-automotive <public-automotive@w3.org>
Hi Rudolf and all,

I like the concept of deriving the vehicle signals from GENVI VSS towards 
W3C auto runtime. 

I guess from W3C perspective collaboration with GENVI is quite important 
for this close integration within the vehicle. But I guess we should also 
promote the W3C auto runtime to other in-vehicle platforms, like QNX and 
others, right? 

This would mean, that the REST server interface between the W3C auto 
runtime with JS has to be implemented by the other in-vehicle platforms 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Kind regards

Volker Fricke

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From:   "Streif, Rudolf" <rstreif@jaguarlandrover.com>
To:     public-automotive <public-automotive@w3.org>
Cc:     Magnus Feuer <mfeuer1@jaguarlandrover.com>
Date:   19.05.2016 01:17
Subject:        Vehicle Signal Specification


We have been discussion the Vehicle Signal Specification (VSS) as the 
basis for the data structure for our new web services approach to provide 
access to vehicle data and allow control of various vehicle functions from 
a managed runtime, web runtime, and/or web browser:

(The slide is from a deck I presented at the Future Connected Cars 
Conference in Santa Clara last week.)

We have now published the first iteration of the VSS on GitHub [1] for 
review and commenting. The specification is modeled after actual signals 
from CAN bus databases used by JLR. The current iteration contains about 
180 signals which we expect will grow to about 500 signals with the coming 

You can easily see that because of the sheer number of signals and 
controls, a dynamic approach for the API based on services and JSON data 
structures makes very much sense.

The hierarchical approach with signal paths also naturally lends to 
grouping of signals which is important for subscription.

For example a door has multiple signals:
You can now group signals using wildcards:
body.door.0.left.*       (all signals of the left door of the first row)
body.door.0.*            (all signals of all doors of the first row)
body.door.*              (all signals for all doors)
body.*                   (all body signals)      
And equally using "in between" wildcards:
body.door.0.*.open       (open status of all doors in the first row)
body.door.*.left.open    (open status of all doors on the left side of the 
body.door.*.*.open       (open status of all doors on all sides of the 
body.*.*.*.open          (open status of anything that provides it e.g. 
doors, hood, trunk, moon roof, filler cap, ...)

We invite your feedback and consideration.

Best regards,

[1] https://github.com/GENIVI/vehicle_signal_specification

Rudolf J Streif
System Architect - Open Source Initiative
Open Source Technology Centre

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