Invers OEM Integrations connects vehicles without additional hardware
INVERS launches OEM Integrations to let mobility service providers easily receive factory-fitted telematics data from various vehicle brands. The new hardware-free solution connects vehicles to the Invers ecosystem, providing normalized data to developers via a unified interface: Invers OneAPI. OEM Integrations works with the APIs of several major car manufacturers as well as moped, kick-scooter and e-bike brands. It enables mobility service providers to simplify the management of software-defined fleets and free up developer resources away from API maintenance.
Siegen, May 19th, 2022 – Fleet managers for mobility service providers such as carsharing operators, rental companies or subscription providers are looking for tools to automate fleet operations and manage fleets with software tools to improve efficiency and profitability. To build such software-defined fleets, operators require reliable access to data from a variety of vehicle brands and models in their fleet. Most vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) are starting to provide such data through factory-fitted telematics, accessible via their specific OEM APIs. The challenge for mobility service providers is to then integrate and maintain a multitude of different OEM APIs for various vehicle types and brands in their fleets. OEM Integrations and INVERS OneAPI relieve providers from this challenge by integrating the OEM APIs, then harmonizing and normalizing the data streams so that developers can work with data without worrying about different formats. The solution currently connects to the APIs of Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mini, Chrysler, Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, Opel, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Ford as well as moped, kick-scooter and e-bike brands such as Segway, NIU and Okai. It includes data points such as odometer, location information and fuel or battery level from these different sources and provides them through just one single interface: INVERS OneAPI. The operators’ developers can then more easily use the data in software for vehicle sharing or other fleet management applications.
“Following our ambition to make any vehicle shareable, we believe software-defined fleets and fleet automation enable mobility service providers to operate shared fleets more profitably, more efficiently and with the best user experience”, says Alexander Kirn, CEO of Invers. “As developer resources are rare and time to market is key, our solution allow operators to integrate any vehicle into their fleet quickly and flexibly: with retrofitted, sharing-dedicated hardware like CloudBoxx, and now also factory fitted solutions via OEM Integrations. Adding a software-based, API-centric approach to our proven hardware and software sharing capabilities is just a logical step in our journey towards a comprehensive vehicle-as-a-service platform and a data standard for software-defined fleets.”
The new product builds on experiences the team at Invers gained during the “Shared Mobility API Aggregator” (SMAA) project that ran from 2017 to 2020 and was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the mFUND innovation initiative. The specification of a generic and vehicle-agnostic REST API based on the requirements of shared mobility operators should remove the need to use multiple vehicle telematics communication interfaces, and thus enable operators of shared mobility services to choose vehicles more flexibly.
Invers, inventor of automated vehicle sharing, enables mobility service providers to launch, operate and scale their offerings with integrated hardware and software solutions specifically designed for developers of shared mobility services. As the world’s first shared mobility technology company, Invers is developing and reliably maintaining the fundamental building blocks at scale to offer its customers cost-efficient and easily implementable tech solutions.
The company acts as an independent and reliable partner for operators of services such as car sharing, scooter sharing, ride pooling and car rental with the vision to make the use of shared vehicles more convenient and affordable than ownership. Customers include Share Now, Clevershuttle, Miles, Getaround, Flinkster, TIER, Bounce and Emmy. The company was founded in 1993 and has locations in Siegen, Cologne, and Vancouver. The development takes place entirely in Germany.