Smartcar Developer Platform

Smartcar Developer Platform
Owner

Smartcar

Introduction of the Portal 

Smartcar is the leading developer platform for mobility businesses in North America and Europe. From car sharing marketplaces to auto insurance providers and electric utility companies, developers of all kinds use our APIs to integrate their apps and services with cars. So whether you need to track a vehicle’s location, verify its mileage, share a virtual key, start charging an EV, or check the engine oil life, our platform lets you do so with a single API request.

Why nominated

Smartcar is a product built by developers for developers. We make it incredibly easy to integrate any web or mobile app with cars. Smartcar acts as the link between mobility apps and their customer’s cars.

An essential aspect of our developer experience is that we offer a self-service product. Anyone can go to dashboard.smartcar.com and sign up for a free developer account. In addition, our extensive documentation, API reference, and SDKs include every primary programming language and lay out everything you need to integrate and test our APIs. (Docs: https://smartcar.com/docs/)

Of course, whenever our documentation and support articles don’t answer your questions, our customer success team is here to help. In addition to quick chat and email support, our paying customers benefit from 1:1 phone support, a dedicated customer success manager, tailored onboarding programs, and complimentary implementation service.

The best way to validate a product’s strengths is to get it into the hands of customers. Smartcar serves developers in many different industries. For example, auto insurance providers like Just Auto Insurance use our APIs to charge customers by the mile. Car sharing businesses like Turo and Zemtu offer contactless rentals. Electric utility providers like Krafthem provide cheaper and more sustainable electricity to EV owners. And fleet management software providers like Azuga offer lightweight, hardware-free fleet management solutions. These developers use Smartcar to quickly and efficiently connect with their customers’ cars.

Finally, a developer platform for cars is unique because developers are not the only ones interacting with it in the real world. A developer’s customers—i.e., car owners—interact with it too. This is why vehicle owner privacy is a core part of Smartcar’s product.

Before making an API request to a car, developers need to collect consent from the vehicle owner. Smartcar’s proprietary user consent flow, Smartcar Connect, makes this process fast and seamless. In the developer’s app, the vehicle owner clicks “Connect your car.” They then log in with their connected services account and review the permissions that the app developer is requesting access to (e.g., read odometer, read location, and lock/unlock vehicle doors). The whole process takes about 30 seconds and gives the car owner full transparency and control.

At Smartcar, we believe a great developer platform for cars needs to be developer-centric, have robust product features, and provide a seamless experience to vehicle owners.
 

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Best served API Business Model

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Best API Reference Documentation

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Best Accessible DevPortal

Operational excellence

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Best Onboarding

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