On July 14, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced that its research team was selected as an editor of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international body to develop open standards for the Web. The research team started to develop two recommended international standards.
The research team's appointment means that it stepped on the right foot for driving-related technologies toward being selected as international standards. This achievement was led by Dr. Lee Won-suk from ETRI.
ETRI said that Dr. Lee secured editorship for two drafts of standards, an application programing interface (API) to access vehicle information and an interface for vehicle data.
The W3C, which takes the initiative in international standards for the Web including next-gen web standards, Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5), also leads standardization efforts for cars. What is significant is that the appointment of ETRI's research team as editor was made at the first working group for cars formed by the W3C.
Hence, this achievement means that ETRI will be able to lead efforts to develop international standards in the Web-based connected car category, one of the next-gen core ICT techs.
The W3C created an automotive business group in Feb. 2013, elicited the necessary requirements in the auto industry, and produced technical documents with the participation of global car makers, including the Korean auto industry. Based on these, the body established the W3C Automotive Working Group early this year starting to develop international standards.
“Standards for Web-based connected cars have been dealt with at famous trade shows like the WMC or CES. The fact that our country will lead the efforts to develop core standards in the connected car market, which is expected to grow fast, has a very special meaning at the moment,” remarked Lee Seung-yoon, researcher at the Standards Research Center of the Future Research Creative Laboratory at ETRI.