IBM Launches IoT for Automotive Service
IBM announces a new service called the Internet of Things for Automotive that helps auto makers gather data and get real-time analysis on it.IBM has announced a new IBM Cloud-based service to help automakers turn driver and vehicle data into actionable insights for predictive vehicle maintenance, real-time diagnostics on engine trouble, and to guide drivers to the most efficient traffic routes. With its new Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive solution, IBM is helping automotive manufacturers gather data from individual sensors that can be combined with other data for real-time analysis. The service provides driver, vehicle and environmental insights through analytics, tapping both vehicle and geo-location data collected in the car. It also delivers new insights from third party data such as from parking providers as well as an automotive manufacturer’s customer data and vehicle history, IBM said. According to Telefonica’s “Connected Car Industry Report,” by 2020, 90 percent of new cars will be equipped with extensive connectivity services. To make the most of this connectivity, automakers are increasingly using IoT solutions that help to securely deliver data generated from cars directly to the cloud for near real-time analysis. Continental, an international automotive supplier, is using IBM MessageSight and IBM InfoSphere Streams, components of the IBM IoT for Automotive solution, to help manage complex data streams and apply analytics to its eHorizon solution, which enables vehicle electronics to anticipate road conditions using digital mapping and crowd sourced data.
“The number of connected devices continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, and we are constantly on the lookout to use the data generated from those devices in a meaningful way,” said Brian Droessler, head of software & connected Solutions in Continental's Infotainment & Connectivity business unit, in a statement. “Together with IBM, we can better manage complex streams of data and apply analytics in a way that’s secure, allowing us to create innovative solutions.”