IBM has revealed a cloud-based service that allows car makers to tap into vehicle data and carry out predictive maintenance and real-time engine diagnostics.
Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive also aims to make car data available to drivers to guide them down the most efficient routes in terms of traffic.
Such services are being offered by major technology companies, and there is potential for the cloud-based system to play a pivotal role in the future of connected cars and in-vehicle technology.
IoT for Automotive will be built on IBM's IoT Foundation, launched earlier this year, which provides a platform built in partnership with ARM to create software and hardware that connects a wide range of networked devices and crunches the harvested data.
This foundation allows IoT for Automotive to collect data from individual sensors in a car and combine it with other data sources, such as geolocation, customer information and vehicle history, and analyse it in real time using the cloud.
Information from third parties can be added to the mix of first-party and sensor data to gain a wider picture of a car's and driver's activities, and allow action to be taken on the insights.
Dirk Wollschlaeger, general manager of global automotive industry at IBM, claimed that information gleaned through IoT for Automotive will change how people interact with their vehicles.
"With the significant increase in connected cars, automotive manufacturers have the ability to take near real-time data and put it to good use for drivers in a variety of ways, from finding the nearest parking space and most efficient route, to maintenance alerts that help drivers expect the unexpected," he said.
Big Blue said that automotive component supplier Continental is already using the MessageSight and InfoSphere Streams components in the IoT for Automotive service.
The company uses the tools to manage data streams and apply analytics in its eHorizon vehicle navigation systems, which use vehicle electronics to anticipate road conditions through digital mapping and crowd sourced data.
IBM is pushing its cloud services for use in specific industries, most notably healthcare with the introduction of Watson Health.
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