Transport and commute are amongst the most important aspects of our everyday lives. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that they were amongst the first things that were affected by the Internet of Things (IoT). With all the technology and electronics, a dashboard of a 2016 car looks like something you would expect to see in a starship or a jet-fighter rather than a road vehicle. It was only suitable that all these devices get adequate software. In this way, the Internet of things is changing the way we drive, as well as the entire automotive industry.
The greatest majority of traffic accidents are caused by human error, but the term “human error” is quite a broad topic. Sure, we know that driving under the influence, tailgating and speeding can increase the chance of an accident happening, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, present diagnostic methods are not that reliable. Police reports are usually based on what can be observed by the eye or on the testimonies of random bystanders. The Internet of Things can provide us with a larger corpus of highly accurate data.
According to some estimates, by the year 2020, there is supposed to be at least 250 million vehicles equipped with sophisticated sensors and connected to the network. We are talking about the largest vehicle test sample this world has ever seen. All of those vehicles will upload over 350 MB of data per second to the cloud.
The greatest problem with this kind of automotive revolution doesn’t lie in sending data through a hybrid cloud, but in gathering it. Namely, doing this on such a scale and with this kind of precision requires outstanding sensors to be installed in most of these vehicles. For example, tyres can be evaluated based on the ride comfort, fuel economy, handling, durability and driving in wet conditions. Through connection to the Internet of Things, these devices would measure and collect the data, sending it to the manufacturer for the analysis, as well as to the re-seller for customer information. Later on, as a buyer, you can access Tyres Online and get a detailed debrief on anything that might peak your interest.
Information Value Loop
The information value loop is a simple diagram made to create the value from the gathered information. It consists of five major stages.
- Act: this stage is basically the information about a vehicle gathered by sensors.
- Create: after the information is created, it is being sent to the cloud.
- Communicate: the data communicates through the network and, in this way, industry standards get an invaluable feedback.
- Aggregate: all of this allows the information to be aggregated in the future.
- Analyse: in the end, this information gets analysed and the behaviour of the vehicle or its parts gets augmented and put back to use. This restarts the cycle from the act stage.
This loop helps shed light on the actual use of some devices and vehicles on the road. Finally, value drivers are used to show how much value is created. These drivers further get sorted into three major categories.
The bottom line is, with the help of the IoT, everyone is at the gain. The automotive industry has an opportunity to create vehicles unlike any this world has ever seen. To an ordinary driver, this brings greater safety, more comfort, as well as better adjusted overall driving experience. Seeing how this trend may also improve the overall road safety, even non-driving populace like cyclists and pedestrians have something to look forward to. From this point of view, the future does indeed seem bright.
About the author: Although a Physics graduate, Marcus opted for work in fields of technology, marketing and web. He is also an author at Technivorz blog. He likes an occasional game or two and has seen Star Wars films 44 times.