Connected car opens for business at IBM Impact 2014
Peter Xu 0100003NRH firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ibmimpact m2m automotive internet_of_things demo connected_car iot
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One of the hottest things at IBM Impact 2014 expo show floor was this custom-built, smart and extremely connected car. It generated lots of buzz among attendees and in social networks.
This car can send its telematics data, such as latitude, longitude, heading, speed, airbag, fluid levels and so on, to the IBM BlueMix cloud, as you can see here:
Assuming that the other cars surrounding it can do the same, there could be lots of very interesting usage scenarios in this connected car space.
For example, let us suppose a couple of cars nearby turned on their windshield wipers and sent this information to the cloud. Cloud services could correlate that data, infer it might be raining in this area and subsequently send a notification to automatically turn on the windshield wipers on this smart connected car.
Another example: suppose this car is involved in an accident, its airbag is deployed and again this information is sent to the cloud immediately. Cloud services, having information from all nearby cars, could instantaneously fan out danger to the dashboards of those cars, alerting drivers of what was happening. At the same time, the accident information can be sent to local emergency agencies, and helicopter service will then be on the way.
Don’t believe me? Check out this amazing car in action:
Hopefully by now you understand the art of possible with connected cars. What you may not realize is how close this capability is to us. This car is constructed, instrumented and connected in a short time using open source or open standard based hardware and software, including, but not limited to the following:
We know this is just a prototype, but you can already see how the power of open automotive collaboration could accelerate innovation, making cars more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
Want to experience this car yourself? You can visit the demo site to see an explanation and check out a connected car demo. Or if you want to learn more about IBM connected car solution, connect with me at email@example.com or on Twitter @peteryxu.