Zubie Announces ZinC, an Open API Platform
July 15, 2015—Zubie, a company at the forefront of the connected-car evolution, announced today that it has created an open API platform called ZinC (Zubie for the Internet of Cars). The API enables developers and engineers to build innovative third-party applications and service integrations on top of Zubie’s existing connected-car platform.
The Zubie API provides partners and developers secure and managed access to vehicle diagnostics, location, trip activity and driving data from Zubie’s platform. This real-time information can be used to enhance customers experience. Developers will also benefit from proprietary analytical models that are derived from Zubie’s existing global base of connected-cars.
ZinC can be used to:
- Build Apps - for fuel economy, driving improvement, trip sharing, parking, smart/connected home functionality and numerous other ways to enhance a connected life.
- Develop Business-focused Apps & Integrations - to simplify fleet management, integrate with expense and billing platforms, power car-sharing services and aid vertical-specific needs. For instance, a food truck can leverage Zubie to automatically publicize its location while on the go or to connect with its followers.
- Create Pattern-based Analytical Modules - for specific use cases, such as predictive vehicle repair costs and driving patterns.
“The Internet of Cars industry is growing, but there is still much more to be tapped. ZinC opens a door for new players to enter and create applications that help small businesses and consumers, ultimately moving the market opportunity forward,” said Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie. “There is an immense amount of interest from developers to create ZinC, and we look forward to seeing what they do with this technology.”
Hundreds of developers have already registered for the ZinC platform in its beta release, which launched in November, including Openbay and Urgent.ly. ZinC currently powers large-scale deployments for Safeco’s Teen Driving Program, GeekSquad and Telefonica’s O2 Car Connection.