SENSORIS project releases first vehicle-to-cloud data standard for CAVs


The SENSORIS (SENSOR Interface Specification) innovation platform, which was initiated by Here Technologies and is coordinated by ERTICO – ITS Europe, has just established a crucial piece of digital infrastructure that is needed for connected and automated driving.

Composed of 28 leading players, vehicle manufacturers, telecommunications providers; ADAS manufacturers; location, content and service providers; and navigation systems suppliers, the SENSORIS partnership has announced a first version of its global standardized interface specification for vehicle-to-cloud (V2C) data, to be broadly used across the automotive industry.

To be known as SENSORIS, the data specification closes the loop between the vehicle’s sensors, map, and connected services. In addition to attributes describing the in-vehicle status, the data specification covers observable and derived attribution of the world from various categories, including the weather environment, road infrastructure, traffic regulation, traffic events and behavior and, of course, in vehicle status.

The SENSORIS team is currently reaching out to relevant global standards organizations and consortia through its participation in the Open AutoDrive Forum to harmonize the data flow, and allow interoperability between these data formats. Discussions are ongoing with projects working on real-world scenarios in the automated driving ecosystem.

Moving forward, SENSORIS is reaching out to the automotive industry, promoting its usage within the connected vehicle environment, and once a de facto standard is established, SENSORIS will be driven toward a global standard to be used in real-world scenarios.

In 2015, Here Technologies published the industry’s first open specification for how vehicle sensor data gathered by connected cars could be sent to the cloud for processing and analysis.

The company then invited the entire industry to gather across the globe for collaborative workshops on developing the specification. In 2016, Here submitted the SENSORIS universal data format to ERTICO – ITS Europe, which represents 121 public/private organizations in advancing smart mobility. ERTICO agreed to continue this important work under the SENSORIS Innovation Platform to evolve the data format into a standardized interface specification to use broadly across the automotive industry.

“SENSORIS data closes the essential loop between the vehicle and cloud. Automated vehicles rely on the efficient delivery of data services and SENSORIS provides the necessary feed of near real-time information on the road environment,” explained Prokop Jehlicka, innovation manager at Here and chairman of SENSORIS.

“The specification’s release is an important achievement for the industry, and we now have the opportunity to create broad adoption through real-world testing and the integration of SENSORIS with existing data standard formats.”

Jacob Bangsgaard, ERTICO’s CEO, commented, “I am proud of the work carried out by SENSORIS over the past two years. SENSORIS represents an important innovation platform for ERTICO and our 15 Partners involved. It is thanks to them that we can contribute to the development of global specifications such as the SENSORIS one.

“SENSORIS covers an important role in gathering partners to work together, exchange knowledge and know-how, and propose new, innovative solutions that will greatly contribute to the deployment of smart and safe mobility, not only in Europe, but around the world.”

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