Internet of things is not just a buzzword. It is developing in the present and will be an integral part of the everyday life in the future. Every industry is trying their best to include the benefits of IoT in their product lines. And automobile industry has been the forerunner in the IoT environment.
The options presented by companies till now are just a glimpse of the total potential of the umbrella of automobile IoT. It is not a part of the future anymore, it is right here. You can experience it right now.
IoT elements in cars are not a new phenomenon. Multiple manufacturers have tried their hands in implementing connected cars and environmentally aware mobility solutions. Classic companies like GM and Ford came up with their connected systems at the start of this century. Now modern companies like Tesla, are built on the foundation of connected car systems.
Automobile IoT is not Meant to be Complicated
It is easy to dismiss IoT elements in automobiles because of the overuse of this word. When you hear words like “autonomous level 5”, “augmented intelligence”, or acronyms like LiDAR, DAIR, etc, your mind summons images of geeky terms that you won’t understand.
Sure, they are a part of the machine that makes automobile IoT successful, but there are also the simple cogs that most people ignore.
Consider your car, if it is a modern car then probably it comes with an infotainment system that was developed by an internet or software company. The simple button that you press to call for roadside assistance, or an OTA update for the inbuilt GPS system, is also a part of the IoT spectrum.
IoT is not just the big headline features. It is a packet of multiple small fragments that contain user and machine data.
But What’s Next in Automotive IoT?
Till now, the majority of the work in automotive IoT was focussed on infotainment and convenience. But in the last half-decade, with the advent of increased and improved wireless technology capabilities, more and more companies are finding new ways of using connected car systems.
You might have noticed this. Most new cars, especially luxury variants, come feature-packed with touchscreens, sensors, automatic detection systems and much more. These systems are not just for show. They produce important data and are capable of analyzing this data to make changes to the vehicle in real time.
The most important use of this data, in terms of IoT, is in setting up Vehicle to Vehicle communication, or in short V2X. Simply explained, it allows vehicles to talk to each other in a language that’s taught to them by humans. The systems residing inside the vehicle generate the data, communicate it to a receiver, and this communication is spread across multiple vehicles through a broadcast message or a localized relay system.
An IoT capable vehicle encompasses a variety of V2X systems that facilitate the generation of data of both the drivers and passengers along with the data feed that it receives from the external environment.
But How will it Affect You?
Now the fun part begins. The augmented intelligence in the cars can use the newly received data to make autonomous driving possible.
Let’s explain it with an example. On a freeway, a rig meets with an accident. Now the truck communicates the situation to the roadside receivers which then relays this information to emergency services and the traffic coming in from behind. By analyzing this information, the car’s intelligence system can choose a viable alternative. This will help reduce traffic problems and also prevent accidents.
The above-mentioned example is just a small part of the ecosystem that most automotive IoT companies are striving to build. It needs support from players of different fields including the government. It is not an easy task but the progress can be seen, it is slowly but steadily building.
Automotive IoT brings a lot of opportunities with it. But these opportunities bring dangers of data leaks, hacking and overall responsibility of human life. It is important that companies that are involved in the endeavor understand this crucial part.
We are far from real flying cars or vehicles that transport us to different time periods. But cars that are smart, safe and can speak car language are just a couple of refresh cycles away. All we need to do is play the waiting game.