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IBM establishes cloud-based service to give motorists real-time insights

IBM establishes cloud-based service to give motorists real-time insights

WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2015

IBM has announced a new 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.

By 2020, 90 per cent of new cars will be equipped with extensive connectivity services. To make the most of this connectivity, auto-makers are increasingly using IoT solutions that help to securely deliver data generated from cars directly to the cloud for near real-time analysis.
IBM’s Internet of Things (IoT) for automotive solutions, built on the recently announced IBM IoT Foundation, helps 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.
Brian Droessler, head of Software and Connected Solutions, continental infotainment and connectivity business unit, said the number of connected devices continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, and they are constantly on the lookout to use the data generated from those devices in a meaningful way. 
“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,” said Droessler.
Dirk Wollschlaeger, general manager, IBM’s Global Automotive Industry, said that with the significant increase in connected cars, automotive manufacturers have the ability to take near-real time data and put it to good use for drivers in a variety of ways—from finding the nearest parking space and most efficient route, to maintenance alerts that help drivers expect the unexpected.
“By combining data directly from the car with other sources, the insights derived through the IBM IoT for Automotive solutions have the potential to change how we interact with our vehicles moving forward,” said Wollschlaeger.
In addition to the rich driver and vehicle insights enabled by IBM’s IoT for Automotive service, new applications can easily be built using IBM IoT Foundation, a platform that supports very short application development cycles and capabilities ranging from rapid prototyping to scalable productive solutions.