GM now has its own API for software developers to make cool apps for its cars

General Motors is ramping up its efforts to create a better technology experience for software developers to make cool apps for its vehicles — and, notably, the vehicles of its competitors.

GM announced a new vehicle services definition called “uServices” for the automotive software developer community. In essence, uServices is meant to serve as GM’s own API for other software developers to build apps that can work across multiple lineups of vehicles. The automaker is also submitting the new definition to the Connected Vehicle Systems Alliance (COVESA), a global alliance focused on the development of open standards and technologies for connected vehicles.

This new definition aims for standardized software “to securely access vehicle systems from anywhere in an OEM vehicle ecosystem,” the automaker says. Along with the open-source software protocol, uProtocol, that GM introduced earlier this year, the company says it’s putting the pieces in place required for the creation of Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs).

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