The web provides a rich ecosystem for vehicles and transportation.

Current technology advances in sensors, communications, cloud and data analytics infrastructure, geophysical mapping, machine learning, mobile devices, user interfaces, etc., are creating tremendous opportunity to offer enhanced information, entertainment, efficiency, maintenance, safety, and convenience.

The work in automotive and transporation addresses the need for standards in a connected vehicle ecosystem, modes of transportation and related services.

§ Why automotive standards matter?

  • Need for a robust, common application ecosystem
  • Reduce fragmentation into competing proprietary solutions
  • Future of transportation will require interoperability
  • More developers for the web than any other platform
  • The web has proven itself and transformed industries
  • Connected vehicles are relying on web services

§ Common Vehicle Interface Initiative

Common Vehicle Interface Initiative (CVII), launched with COVESA to address the need for industry-standards to more efficiently collect and manage vehicle data and define vehicle services invoked remotely from the cloud.

Download the flyer made for CES 2022

Active groups

These groups are designed to address the need for standards in a connected vehicle ecosystem, and to provide a forum for discussion and implementation of new standards.

Automotive and TransportationBusiness group

The mission of the Automotive and Transportation Group is to act as an incubator of ideas for standardization for connected vehicles and the broader transportation data space. It had produced some early draft specifications for making vehicle signals available in a browser runtime as a first class object. Those specifications were the basis for launching the W3C Automotive Working Group. The Auto Working Group has since changed to service specifications to expose signals in a broader range of computing environments and bringing this extremely useful telematics information to the cloud.

Fuller description of current and evolving scope is in the charter.

Visit the Automotive and Transportation Business Group

Automotive OntologyCommunity group

The Automotive Ontology Working Group is an informal group of individuals and corporations who want to advance the use of shared conceptual structures in the form of Web ontologies for better data interoperability in the automotive industry, and this at Web scale. In particular, we want to develop extension proposals for so that automotive information can be better understood by search engines and OWL Web ontologies for the automotive industry. Also, we want to provide a forum for bringing together researchers and practitioners who are working on advancing the field. Visit the Automotive Ontology Community Group

Automotive Privacy PrinciplesCommunity group

Vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, enabling rich data and useful services. A major obstacle to transportation's information transformation is better protection of personal privacy. The Mozilla Foundation properly called in out in their assessment It’s Official: Cars Are the Worst Product Category We Have Ever Reviewed for Privacy. The goal of this Community Group is to create guiding principles specific to the automotive industry and to work in conjunction with COVESA in prototyping and promoting appropriate solutions. Visit the Automotive Privacy Principles Community Group

§ Why join?

Since 1994, we have been leading the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth of the web.

By joining these groups, you have the ability to discuss and drive the standards produced by W3C. The conversations occurring in the groups concern both current and future standards, constantly aiming to make the web a better place. You have the ability to take part in guiding the future of the web.

Our values revolve around building the web for all

The social value of the web is that it enables human communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. One of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability.

Recent activities in the Automotive & Transportation community

Find out more via recent stories, news, workshops, talks or events.

W3C Members

18 member organizations are involved in the automotive & transportation ecosystem, including:

Volkswagen AG
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
View all members of the automotive & transportation ecosystem

Ways to get involved:

Join Donate

Need more information tailored to your organization?

Our Evangelists understand that every organization is different! Evangelists represent W3C in various locations and are an extension of W3C's Business Development Team. They are responsible for identifying and recruiting new W3C Members, running local events, promoting W3C Training and fostering Sponsorship.

Our Automotive & Transportation evangelist

Related RSS feed