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Optimizing the Automotive Experience

June 27, 2018

An integral part of the Internet of Things (IoT) are the platforms and applications supporting IoT devices, and the demand for improved technology in these cloud-based systems is increasing. A report from Capacity Media projects that platforms and services supporting the devices will capture 68% of all IoT revenue opportunities by 2025.  

Take the automotive industry, for example, where newly manufactured vehicles equipped with IoT devices are projected to increase to 75% of all automotive exports by 2024. This upturn in connected cars means more opportunities to improve vehicle ownership experiences in innovative ways. Predictive maintenance, diagnostics, usage-based insurance, Wi-Fi hotspots, improved GPS and traffic information, roadside assistance, fuel motoring, parking spot locators, and the facilitation of vehicle-related payments are all services that could benefit consumers with customized transportation.

Enhancing the Connected Car Experience through Data Collection

Connected cars have come a long way since their start with OnStar technology. Complex data now can be collected to provide suppliers and manufactures with monetization opportunities that ultimately provide consumers with an improved driving experience. Consider how city parking can be made seamless with telematics. An application indexing parking garages uses GPS to navigate a driver to the closest garage. The app communicates with sensors inside the parking garage, directs the driver to an open spot, then links them to an automated payment app.  

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Another sensor inside the vehicle identifies low fuel, communicates with GPS to navigate the driver to the nearest fuel station, exchanges data with sensors in the pump, then directs the driver to position their vehicle for an automated fill-up. The driver is charged through the payment application and can be on their way within minutes without having to step out of their connected vehicle.

Vehicle-related services, such as auto insurance, are improving with telematics, as well. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners describes how usage-based insurance policies (UBIs) collect data on mileage and driving behavior in order to provide a customized insurance policy based on a user’s unique driving performance.

Increasingly, these systems will be asked to support autonomous driving and safety applications, such as collision avoidance. The embedded systems in connected cars are thus expected to be always-on and require punctual updates to swiftly adjust when flaws are identified. These increasing expectations ultimately will call for more sophistication in the supporting platforms.

GEMs & Capsule Farms: A More Sophisticated Connected Vehicle Platform

The entire system supporting connected cars has to be scalable, customizable, secure, and properly conceived and maintained for the autonomous connected car proposition to be viable. Given the mobile aspect of connected cars, embedded systems will need to run seamlessly when moving between computing environments and must handle a multitude of vehicle sensors operating in unison with sensors in city infrastructure, GPS and payment applications, and service and product providers, to name a few. Supporting platforms must, therefore, have the sophistication to store, organize, and convert immense amounts of data from disparate sources into seamless applications of complex tasks.

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Granular entity modules (GEMs) are self-contained applications that have everything needed to run, sustain, and maintain a service function. The purpose of one GEM, for example, can transmit a vehicle’s location data to a sensor-rich garage to find the best parking spot, where a second GEM can connect data from a time-measuring sensor in the garage to the driver’s payment application. Utilizing a variation on container technology, GEMs can manage the autonomous connected car experience by seamlessly linking disparate devices and applications while constantly adjusting for any kinks in the process via over-the-air updates.

Connected cars likely will be manufactured with diverse requirements. One group of models may come equipped with GPS, roadside assistance, and automated payment functions while another foregoes roadside assistance for predictive maintenance features. Capsule farm architecture solves this problem of having diverse requirements by organizing specific GEMs into groupings that can scale rapidly, modify, or segment for various deployments while maintaining security and overall functionality.

Aeris: Integrated End-to-End Connected Vehicle Solutions

Aeris’ Mobility Platform (AMP) is purpose-built using GEMs, capsule farm architecture, and a Master Registrar to keep track of the entire network of connected vehicle systems. AMP is a platform that distinguishes vehicle connectivity from generic cloud connections. It is flexible, cloud-based, and utilizes multi-carrier connections and a firewalled network, making it the ideal platform for managing the seamless and secure delivery of complex data required for the optimization of customized transportation experiences.

Whether it’s connected cars, smart home products, or fleet management, Aeris can help you develop and deploy complex IoT solutions. Contact us to learn more.

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