Mercedes-Benz customers can now take advantage of verified third-party automobile services and applications, courtesy of connected car platform company, High Mobility.
Accessed through the Auto API – High Mobility’s standardised connected car API – car data will be available to verified third-party businesses that have integrated with the Berlin-based platform company. Services available to drivers and car owners will include insurance applications and electric vehicle charging as well as applications and services which make use of the vehicle status.
Working closely with High Mobility and other collaborators, Daimler is one of the first original equipment makers (OEMs) to implement the Extended Vehicle and Neutral Server concept. This process enables external app and service companies – with the explicit consent of customers – to access car data.
The Extended Vehicle process enables Daimler to provide Mercedes-Benz customers the opportunity to benefit from third-party automobile services in a secure and transparent way. For High Mobility, the announcement offers its global community of over 2500 registered developers an opportunity to develop new services for Mercedes-Benz connected car customers in Europe.
Explicit customer consent is a key element of the Extended Vehicle concept. Mercedes-Benz customers have total control over which third-party provider they allow to access their vehicle data, and for what purpose. Transparency here is paramount. The customer must consent to access requests by third parties and are free to withdraw their consent at any time.
As a go-live collaborator for the Neutral Server, High Mobility acts as a bridge between third-party service providers and Daimler, providing comprehensive tools and testing environments for developers to work with car data. High Mobility offers these third-party companies true-to-life car emulators as well as the Auto API; the standardised connected car API they need to build and test applications for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
However, the Auto API is not limited to just one carmaker: it allows development teams to reach numerous carmakers and, within the High Mobility platform, work with data from multiple manufacturers after just one integration. Finally, High Mobility platform offers third-party providers an open registration process with transparent verification, pricing and conditions.
“Our collaboration with Daimler is a significant next step for our developer community whose members are eager to push forward their connected car app development from the simulation environment to real data,” says High Mobility’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Kevin Valdek.
A number of the third party services from High Mobility’s community are already integrated with its platform and work with the Auto API. Among them are Vimcar, a fleet management and mileage tracking software for SMBs; Springworks, recently acquired by Tantalum, with their ecosystem platform for connected car and smart mobility services; Virtuo, a simple, fast and mobile-friendly car rental service; and Autlo, an automated parking payments and Pay-as-you-Drive insurance services provider.
Accessed through High Mobility‘s standardised car API and with the consent by the customer, third party service providers can use data from Mercedes-Benz vehicles for the following use cases.