I was turned on to the API program out of Groupe PSA. This French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles was sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, and DS Automobiles brands from a friend online the other day. Rarely do I just generally showcase an API provider, but I think that their approach is simple, clean, and a nice start for a major automobile brand. It's worthwhile to take note of it.
Companies of all shapes and sizes are doing APIs, but very few have the awareness to make their API program both public and accessible to the general public. I think the PSA Peugeot Citroën’s APIs are a pretty interesting set of resources for making available to car owners, and worth talking about:
- Telemetry: request data from the car, like average speed, location, instantaneous consumption, engine speed, etc.
- Maintenance alerting: request data from the various events or notifications that can be detected by the car, like time before maintenance, fired alerts, etc.
- Correlation: these APIs let your application evaluate your driving style with others.
Making vehicle data, events, and notifications makes sense to me when it comes to vehicles and APIs, and is something that seems like it should just be the default mode for all automobile manufacturers. The correlation API seems to be in a different category and elevated to more of an innovate class, beyond just the usual car activity. I'm not a huge car guy, but I know people who are, and being able to size up against the competition or a specific community could become a little addictive.
I've added the PSA Peugeot Citroën’s APIs to my monitoring of the space and will keep an eye on what they are up to. I'm already following other user manufacturers like Ford and GM who have API efforts, as well as Japanese manufacturers like Honda. I may have to take roll call in the world of automobiles to see who has official public API develop efforts and put some pressure on those who do not have their program together yet (like they'll listen).
If you know of any auto related API efforts I do not already have in my auto API stack, please let me know. I depend on my readers to keep me tuned into which companies are the cool kids doing API.