Common Vehicle Interface Initiative is a joint outreach started by GENIVI/COVESA and W3C to the automotive industry, to involve several other organizations with the aim of aligning fragmented data modeling and service oriented architecture approaches into a true industry standard.

       Quick introduction:

1. Read the project brief and the shortened first-introductions slide deck which includes a diagram of active projects, and a map of related organizations for CVII Alignment. 
2. Then move on to the full community slide deck

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Related Webinars! 

- The question "Why automotive suppliers and data-focused companies need a Common Vehicle Interface Initiative" was addressed in this Mobex/ Automotive World Webinar.  You can view that slide deck or view the recorded webinar!  This includes a Data-business oriented company (Geotab) giving their view.

- The services aspects of CVII, Vehicle Service Catalog, and resulting Service Oriented Architectures were presented in another Mobex/Automotive World webinar.  You can view the recorded webinar!

- CVII and Software Architecture presentation and chat at Automotive Tech Week - Megatrends conference.  There is a recording here. And Ward's auto wrote an article about it.

- CVII future-looking presentation including Software-defined Vehicles and "Vehicle Cloud Computing" was presented at Focus - Software Defined Vehicle
There is a recording available on request (send email).

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Contact Gunnar Andersson (GENIVI) and Ted Guild (W3C) for more information.

Related sub-projects

Feel free to also contact GENIVI's Technical Lead, Gunnar Andersson if you have questions about any topic.

Backlog/Topics (in addition to active projects above)


In May of 2020, a number of companies initiated a conversation about the Common Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII) in a panel discussion held at the GENIVI Virtual Tech Summit, which has led to W3C and GENIVI spearheading a coordination initiative in the automotive and web industries.

The core of the initiative gathers around this question:

   “Is it time to finally define the industry-wide standard vehicle data model?"

The initiative then extends the established idea of standard data model to functional interfaces.   CVII sets out to promote and drive the creation of industry-wide standard data, and service/interfaces (one or several standard catalogs) as well as a standard way to describe those services and interfaces (data and services model)

The initiative proposes some technologies but is not there primarily to add just another choice to the mix.  It is there primarily to drive conversations between all conflicting projects towards alignment and compatibility – ultimately yielding a single consistent model for data and services.

The idea of inviting many industry development organizations to a wide initiative was based on seeing a number of industry trends, specific requests from some companies for a similar activity, and a natural extension of collaboration already in place between different industry organizations like GENIVI, W3C, Sensoris, AUTOSAR and others.

After completing some initial activities (virtual panels, presentations, OEM-only-roundtable meetings, and other outreach), the initiative can now be considered started.   The work is already underway and gradually being organized from a outreach-discussion to become a proper project, or collection of projects under the initiative.

More historical events and information:

1. OEM Panel during the GENIVI Virtual Event (27th October, 1510 Central Europe Time / 10:00 am US Eastern Time) entitled "Why does the industry need a Common Vehicle Interface?"

Representatives from Ford, Renault and Volvo Cars give compelling support for the initiative to build a common vehicle interface.      Slides and recordings

2. W3C community outreach (27th October, Europe/US time zone)

A presentation of the CVII will be done in parallel during the plenary part of W3C TPAC and TPAC participants are invited to join the following workshop that takes place during the GENIVI AMM.
W3C members are encouraged to register to that event through their representative.   Since this is the plenary session for W3C, it has the opportunity to spread the word about this automotive-specific work to a variety of protocol experts in many other fields.   If the participants are not already aware of the upcoming workshop, they will be invited to hop over to the Workshop when it starts.

3. CVII Work Definition Workshop (27th October, Europe/US time zone)

Following the introductory panel, there will be significant workshops in which we expect different stakeholders who are already active to lead discussions on various sub-topics that include

4. Panel and workshop #2 (29th October, Asia/Europe time zone)

The invitation to the activities hosted in the GENIVI AMM extends to any industry participant who would like to join