Vehicles that connect with drivers as well as the road

The connected vehicle enables you to deliver personalized, real-time, in-vehicle services to increase brand loyalty. But that same data can also help you optimize design and production, manage quality, improve safety and simplify maintenance. However, IoT solutions are complex purchases that need to reach beyond vehicle design to include functionality for telecommunications and insurance companies, government agencies and fleet operations.

IBM can help you navigate from invention to operation by leveraging data to adapt business models, identify ways to engage old and new partners, and fundamentally change the customer experience.

Gartner predicts there will be


connected vehicles on the road by 2020.*

*Gartner Research. “Gartner Says By 2020, a Quarter Billion Connected Vehicles Will Enable New In-Vehicle Services and Automated Driving Capabilities.” January 2015.

With Watson IoT, you can:

  • Use continuous engineering and embedded software development to speed the delivery of new in-vehicle services and updates.
  • Use in-vehicle and contextual data to manage fleet operations, monitor driver behavior and optimize planning.
  • Gain insights about plant equipment performance, manufacturing processes and the supply chain.
  • Use real-time tracking and monitoring data to anticipate failures and reduce diagnostics time for maintenance needs.

Watson IoT in vehicles

Featured product: IoT for Automotive

Electronics and software for in-vehicle services that connect the driver, the car and the surrounding environment have become the differentiating factors in today’s vehicles. As a result, manufacturers are facing the same issues as electronics companies before them─shrinking product lifecycles and increased demand for the latest upgrades and capabilities.

  • Employ continuous engineering to enable rapid improvements and updates using engineering insights, ongoing verification and strategic reuse.
  • Take advantage of embedded software development for requirements management, modeling and simulation, workflow, change and configuration, and documentation.
  • Develop new revenue streams with new in-vehicle services, rapid software updates and other connected services.

Plant operations managers can use streaming data from connected tools and robotics to monitor equipment and identify problems before a failure occurs. With accurate, detailed information about asset performance, they can plan maintenance and machine schedules to ensure production line availability. Leveraging sensor data gathered from the plant floor can also help better manage the supply chain, improve asset performance and proactively address safety and quality issues.

  • Understand the health of plant equipment better to transition to condition-based maintenance.
  • Gain real-time visibility into manufacturing and supply chain processes.
  • Monitor product quality and vehicle safety issues to avoid costly product recalls.

Fleet operators will gain substantial benefits as more connected vehicles hit the road. Insights based on data from onboard sensors, coupled with location, traffic and weather data, can enable new efficiencies that help optimize how demand can be met. The insights can also be used to reduce fuel usage and for preventive and predictive maintenance, so fleets can manage more loads with the right resources to ensure service level agreements. Fleet data can also improve urban traffic management and lower insurance costs.

  • Discover insights about fleet operations and driver behavior by analyzing in-vehicle data.
  • Plan routes using enhanced insights based on vehicle information and in-context factors.
  • Insurance companies can leverage vehicle data to fast-track claims and inform charging models by identifying a fleet’s risk profile to determine rates.

Maintaining the overall health of a vehicle and its individual components is critical to keeping it on the road. Onboard sensors can deliver warnings and alerts for routine issues, but also help streamline visits to the dealer or repair shop by relaying information about the parts you may need or even scheduling the appointment. The connected car can also monitor driver behavior that may speed parts degradation and provide feedback about how to avoid that issue.

  • Take advantage of real-time tracking and monitoring of vehicles.
  • Speed the slow-moving supply chain for after-sales parts.
  • Improve coordination between the operator and repair facilities.
  • Cut average diagnostics times by identifying problems more quickly.

Intelligent in-vehicle capabilities can transform engagement with drivers and redefine value throughout the vehicle, which can directly affect traditional and new revenue opportunities. As vehicles become the central connected device, and able to interact with other external data sources, the auto industry is poised for disruption. Self-driving cars are a great example of the type of innovative products that automakers can deliver when they focus on driver- and passenger-centric experiences and services.

  • Develop new services that will create an integrated customer experience based on vehicle data.
  • Achieve new levels of personalization by creating a one-to-one dialogue with consumers.
  • Connect the automotive experience to the larger ecosystem of connected devices and services.

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