In the spring of 2014, what was then called GENIVI, held an All Member Meeting (AMM) in Gothenburg, Sweden for the first time. And on the 10th anniversary of that AMM, COVESA returned to Gothenburg for its spring AMM welcoming over 265 members and guests to its two-and-a-half-day event (see pictures). We are very grateful to the following sponsors for helping make the event such a success:

Much has happened in those ten years! The organization has rebranded, shifted its scope from IVI to connected vehicles, released the compelling Vehicle Signal Specification (VSS) along with other important deliverables, and welcomed an expanded set of contributing members, including four OEMs who weren’t involved in 2014. 

The event highlighted a business track addressing open source in safety applications, commercial vehicles and fleet management, and the software-defined vehicle. In addition to several introductory sessions, technical presentations, and breakouts helped advance the current and emerging work of COVESA.

Experts from Ford, RedHat, and Volvo Cars addressed how open source software can (and must) be certified for vehicle safety systems. As a regional hub for commercial vehicle technologies and companies, Gothenburg provided a unique opportunity to discuss business models and technologies among several heavy-duty vehicle companies as well as fleet/rental car experts. Leaders from BMW, ETAS, Volvo Cars, Continental, NXP, and Sonatus also weighed in on how the vehicle ecosystem and individual companies need to address the shift toward software-defined vehicles.

The Data Expert Group and the AOSP App Framework Expert Group both had productive sessions addressing developments already underway as well as new projects producing chartered deliverables. Three emerging activities, called Birds-of-a-Feather or BoFs, met to define industry needs in areas of Connected Safety, Fleet Management and Vehicle Experience/Commerce.

COVESA also welcomed informative exchanges with regional communities like the Electrification Hub and Telematics Valley. Participants of these communities enjoyed, along with all event participants, a Tuesday evening rooftop welcome reception and the member showcase and reception on Wednesday evening. During the showcase, COVESA introduced the Innovator/Adopter/Contributor Award program, and three organizations –, Renesas, and Tietoevry - were selected to receive the award during the showcase. Stay tuned for a separate blog describing this program in more detail.

In summary, COVESA’s return to Gothenburg was a huge success based on the opinions of those who attended. Slides for several presentations will become available on the Wiki in the coming days. Plans are already in progress for our fall AMM in Novi, Michigan, on 25-26 September. We look forward to seeing you there!

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