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Re: Vehicle Location Information

From: Marc Lapierre <mlapierre@qnx.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 14:52:05 +0000
To: Tatsuhiko Hirabayashi <ta-hirabayashi@kddi.com>, '박종선(Justin Park)' <jongseon.park@lge.com>, "'Paul Boyes'" <pb@opencar.com>
CC: "'Rees, Kevron'" <kevron.m.rees@intel.com>, "public-autowebplatform@w3.org" <public-autowebplatform@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CF911053.B0B6%mlapierre@qnx.com>
Hi Tatsuhiko-san,

To clarify, am I correct in assuming that you are suggesting that two
separate APIs are for the use case where there is a remotely connected
smartphone which would like to access geolocation of the vehicle, and that
separate APIs will allow the smartphone to access two sources of
geolocation information:

- first, by using the existing geolocation APIs, which would return the
geolocation data from the smartphone's GPS antenna
- second, using an automotive specific API, which would return the
geolocation data of the vehicle's antenna through the remote connection

In the case where the HTML5 application is running directly in the
vehicle's infotainment system, I would assume that both sets of APIs would
return the same information.

Is this the idea behind the separate vehicle geolocation API, or is there
another use case for this?


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On 2014-05-08 10:01 AM, "Tatsuhiko Hirabayashi" <ta-hirabayashi@kddi.com>
wrote:

>Hi, Paul-san, Justin-san
>
>Thank you for your comments.
>
>I thought that in consideration of 2 use-cases, WRT in the phone side
>would provide 
>web-apps geo-location data which is generated by phone itself.
>
>Although accurate location data has been calculated in a vehicle or
>built-in type navigation
>device, smartphone apps cannot access these data in geo-location API.
>
>If the previous vehicle location API will be available, we can get
>accurate data outside the
>phone in place of geo location data which is generated by phone itself.
>
>This issue is not implementation detail in a web layer.
>I believe that vehicle location API will be very simple solution for 2
>use-cases.
>
>Your understandings would be appreciated.
>
>T.Hirabayashi/KDDI
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: 박종선(Justin Park) [mailto:jongseon.park@lge.com]
>Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:33 PM
>To: 'Paul Boyes'; 'Tatsuhiko Hirabayashi'
>Cc: 'Rees, Kevron'; public-autowebplatform@w3.org
>Subject: RE: Vehicle Location Information
>
>I’m on the same page with Kevron’s opinion that it is an implementation
>issue rather than API definition.
>
>>From what I understand, it’s hard to find a reason to have additional
>>location API in our specification.
>
>Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure about the meaning of the sentence below.
>
> 
>
>“In either case, geo-location API generated by these apps will be
>terminated within the phone, and it is so difficult for us to access
>accurate data.”
>
> 
>
>In consideration of 2 use-cases, WRT in the phone side would provide geo
>location data which is generated by phone itself or comes from vehicle.
>
>I have no idea what makes it difficult to access accurate data and how
>additional location API makes it easier.
>
>I'd be thankful if Mr. Hirabayashi could elaborate a little bit further.
>
> 
>
>Regards,
>
>Justin
>
> 
>
>From: Paul Boyes [mailto:pb@opencar.com]
>Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:53 AM
>To: Tatsuhiko Hirabayashi; 박종선(Justin Park)
>Cc: Rees, Kevron; public-autowebplatform@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Vehicle Location Information
>
> 
>
>Hirabayashi-san, 
>
> 
>
>This is a great topic as these type of relationships to other specs will
>come up repeatedly.  Thanks for posting.
>
> 
>
>Perhaps a vehicle location api is needed and the group should definitely
>discuss. That said, it seems to me that we are discussing the
>implementation layer.  In its introduction, the Geolocation API
>(http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html) states the following:
>
> 
>
>"The Geolocation API defines a high-level interface to location
>information associated only with the device hosting the implementation,
>such as latitude and longitude. The API itself is agnostic of the
>underlying location information sources. Common sources of location
>information include Global Positioning System (GPS) and location inferred
>from network signals such as IP address, RFID, WiFi and Bluetooth MAC
>addresses, and GSM/CDMA cell IDs, as well as user input. No guarantee is
>given that the API returns the device's actual location."
>
> 
>
>Here are some thoughts and questions:
>
> 
>
>―Does the Geolocation API give the web developer the information they
>need to develop apps at the web layer in a vehicle?  If not what is it
>missing (this may tell us what a vehicle location api might need)?
>
>―The Geolocation API has the concept of accuracy as part of the
>Coordinates interface.
>
>―There is nothing stopping the implementer of the Geolocation API from
>using vehicle data in their implementation to make it more accurate.
>
>―The Vehicle Information API is geared to application developers at the
>web layer not lower implementation layers.
>
>―The Vehicle Information API and the Geolocation API can be used in
>conjunction with each other to implement higher level application
>functionality,
>
> 
>
>I suggest we do the following:
>
> 
>
>―Add a section to the Vehicle Information API laying out it’s
>relationship to the Geolocation API.  In my opinion, it would say for
>geolocation information use the Geolocation API.
>
>―Ask the Geolocation group to add statement the “common sources” section
>of the introduction about using vehicle information.
>
> 
>
>Justin,
>
> 
>
>I would love to hear your thoughts if you have time as well.
>
>
>Paul J. Boyes
>
>--------------------------------
>
>Mobile:   206-276-9675
>Skype:  pauljboyes
>
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>On May 7, 2014, at 2:45 AM, Tatsuhiko Hirabayashi
><ta-hirabayashi@kddi.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>Hi, Kevron-san
>
>If the high-grade IVI system you mentioned is available, high accurate
>data will be provided without any problem by geo-location API.
>
>However, the fact is that there are some type of IVI system using
>smartphone.
>
>The following types will have difficulty to get high accurate positioning
>data by using geo-location API even if accurate positioning data is
>available in vehicle or built-in navigation device;
>
>Case-1
>  Smartphone (BYOD) is operating as a head unit, and having full
>functionality 
>  and connectivity with vehicle;   App run on the phone.
>Case-2
>  Smartphone (BYOD) is operating in conjunction with a head unit in
>vehicle;
>  Apps run on the phone.
>
>In either case, geo-location API generated by these apps will be
>terminated within the phone, and it is so difficult for us to access
>accurate data.
>
>Therefore, I thought that vehicle location API would be needed as a
>distinct API other than geo-location API.
>
>
>Thanks
>
>T.Hirabayashi/KDDI
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Rees, Kevron [mailto:kevron.m.rees@intel.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:24 AM
>To: ta-hirabayashi@kddi-ri.jp
>Cc: Paul Boyes; public-autowebplatform@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Vehicle Location Information
>
>On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM,  <ta-hirabayashi@kddi-ri.jp> wrote:
>
>
>
>Thanks Kevron-san.  See my comments in line below:
>
>1 - Is the geolocation API good enough for vehicles?  If not, we need
>to work with that group to fix it.
>
>#1 As mentioned, the geolocation API is not good enough for vehicles.
>We need some correction of positioning data acquired by the
>geolocation API for vehicle in Japan.
>
>
>Is the correction done in the implementation or the API?  What
>additional APIs do you need other than what the geolocation API
>provides?  The Location API we had in our spec had even less
>information than what is available today in the geolocation spec.
>
>I guess what I'm trying to clarify is that the geolocation API
>implementation in a vehicle need not be the same as a mobile phone
>implementation.  While Position.coords.latitude
>(http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html#position) might not be
>very accurate in a mobile phone, the implementation of the same API
>can be very accurate in a vehicle (due to different antenna
>positioning, additional data from the vehicle, dead reckoning, etc.).
>But the API is the same in both.
>
>If there are vehicle-specific APIs that need to be added for location
>other than what's already in the geolocation spec, I'd like to know
>what those are.  Otherwise, we should assume that the geolocation api
>implemented in a vehicle will have the most accurate fix possible
>-which means it will be a different implementation than a simple
>mobile implementation.
>
>-Kevron
>
>
>
>
>We understand that vehicle location informantion API is needed to get
>the
>result after some corrections of crude positioning data are made.
>
>2 - Can implementers of the geolocation API take advantage of vehicle
>data to improve accuracy?  I think the answer is "yes".
>
>#2 Yes
>
>T.Hirabayashi
>
>----- Original Message -----
>It was my understanding, and Paul, please correct me if I'm wrong,
>that we felt there should be changes to the geolocation API, that
>those changes should be proposed to that group.  We want to avoid
>duplicate APIs.  As far as accuracy goes, an OEM can implement the
>geolocation API with much more accuracy in the vehicle because they
>have more data available (gyro, rotation angle of the wheel, etc).
>That however is not an API problem.  It's an implementation problem.
>
>So there are two questions that need to be solved:
>
>1 - Is the geolocation API good enough for vehicles?  If not, we need
>to work with that group to fix it.
>2 - Can implementers of the geolocation API take advantage of vehicle
>data to improve accuracy?  I think the answer is "yes".
>
>On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM,  <ta-hirabayashi@kddi-ri.jp> wrote:
>
>
>
>Hi, Paul-san and Kevron-san
>
>While I do not notice it, a definition of the vehicle location
>information disappears in
>first draft spec.
>
>In the last f2f meeting, Urata-san pointed out the generic geolocation
>information (GPS-based)
>is not accurate enough. With gyro, vehicle speed, rotation angle of
>
>the
>
>
>
>wheel and so on, most
>of car navigation diveces have higher accuracy (within 1 or 2 meters
>errors in any roads of
>Japan) than conventional devices such as a smartphone and tablet.
>
>In the case where the OS and the device which web apps are running on
>support generic
>geolocation APIs, it becomes difficult for us to acquire the accurate
>positioning data easily
>if vehicle location information should be not available as it is.
>
>In short, we thought that geolocation information and vehicle location
>information are distinct
>APIs in accuracy.
>
>Can you restore the definition of vehicle location information in spec?
>
>T.Hirabayashi/KDDI
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