The term Information Superhighway has earned a new meaning in the age of Internet of Things (IoT) and is much closer to the literal phrase than the common metaphor describing pervasive networked communications. People, vehicles, and infrastructure now literally constitute the information ecosystem on modern superhighways thanks to IoT applications transforming mundane automobiles into connected, intelligent, and smart transportation tools.
IoT car use cases vary as much as the organizations involved, and the industry continues to bring to life innovative new ideas making the connected cars safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Here are a few of the most of the popular IoT applications for cars making newer cars more exciting to drive, as well as safer:
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications
V2V communication is the ultimate car safety value proposition that IoT has to offer. Nearby connected cars alert each other on speed, direction, traffic, road condition, and pedestrian information and initiate preventive measures such as timely automated braking or appropriate driver alerts helps avoid crashes that are otherwise inevitable due to human limitations.
Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communications
Vehicle infrastructure integration connects cars to physical surrounding and helps manage traffic and prevent accidents by alerting drivers to the traffic situation ahead and also to identify the most suitable route to intended destination. Examples include cars analyzing distance, speed and stoppage time of the traffic signals ahead, and recommending an appropriate cruising speed to avoid the frustration of waiting for red-light signals to turn green.
Data Capture and Management
Connected cars essentially operate as sources of IoT data generating a deluge of information facilitating critical transportation, logistics, and freight management decisions. Processing and analyzing raw IoT data from cars at a centralized, backend IoT analytics system helps yield actionable traffic management insights leading to safe, efficient and greener transportation system. Using GPS and environmental data such as weather reports can help connected vehicles adjust routes based on changing weather in real-time to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and interruptions.
Carpooling and Car Sharing
Smartphone-enabled carpool and car-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are prime examples of connected cars working as transportation alternatives that generate revenue for independent drivers and offer convenient traveler options. Further developments in this direction include connected services providing immediate support during accidents and pre-adjusting car settings such as air conditioning and seating position based on the preference of new passengers taking the ride.
Switching between cars, business, trains, and other modes of transport is often considered as inconvenient, impractical, and costly. Leveraging IoT data from all connected vehicles enables well-informed decisions for commuters seeking the shortest, safest, quickest, or the most convenient mode of transport. IoT enables suggestions as to when and where it’s best to switch from one mode of transportation to another for the desired objective in real-time.
Environmentalists traditionally disassociate themselves with fuel-thirsty cars and energy-hogging connectivity technologies. Combining the two has earned their support for car IoT applications that keep tabs on vehicle carbon emissions and proactively recommend appropriate measures to reduce harmful emissions from car exhausts. This information also helps identify urban areas that require immediate and critical attention on reducing air pollution.
What’s Next Is Already Here – Internet of Automobiles
Cars have emerged as the ultimate mobile machines in the prevalent era of the Internet of Things. In fact, Aeris’ customers already power 1 of 4 cars made in the US with IoT, and the pace is already accelerating. Drivers, passengers, infrastructure, pedestrians – everyone and everything has to gain as cars embrace a range of IoT applications presenting the wider transportation ecosystem with limitless strategic advantages, especially those associated with safety and better travelling experience. It’s only a matter of time when the popular IoT car applications are embraced on a global scale as a necessity and not merely as innovation or luxury.