OnStar Offers API
Developers now free to develop third-party apps.
Web2Carz Staff Writer
Published: July 7th, 2012
oping for the same success Apple had with IPhone third-party apps, OnStar Corporation rolled out an initiative to offer selected, third party developers a proprietary proprietary application programming interface (API), as well as help their customers increase functionality for their vehicles.
Executives for the General Motors subsidiary consider the plan an important step in growing business and redefining their role in the growing market of mobile apps by building a successful platform. Customers will now get an app that will enable them to access OnStar’s Advanced Telematic Operation System-ATOMS, the largest cloud-based automotive platform.
Third party access to the API, is likely to have positive implications for developers and customers alike. For OnStar customers, the ATOMS platform will provide fingertip information such as diagnostics, exact GPS location, whether doors are locked, state of the battery, and offer remote features customers could access from a car using their smartphone.
OnStar’s new open door policy will also provide an "open city" rife with opportunities where developers can create their own apps that will allow OnStar customers more exciting ways to control the car from remote locations.