The internet of things is irrevocably changing established industries, and the automotive sector is no different. From connecting services in the vehicle, digital manufacturing techniques, to paving the way towards self-driving cars, the IoT is enabling innovation. Here are some of the ways in which this is playing out.
Implementing smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 is critical for any automaker trying to remain competitive. IoT brings many benefits; for one it enables information flow between finished products back to the design and ideation phase to make the engineering cycle more agile and products more customer focused. Furthermore, IoT can cut costs on the assembly line by reducing the need for labour and monitoring the health of manufacturing equipment.
Self-driving vehicles will be reliant on internet connected sensors to perceive surroundings and communicate with other vehicles, processed by an on-board computer that is connected to the cloud. In the same way, current ‘driver assist’ autonomous technologies like parking assist, automatic braking and cruise control, are reliant on internet connected technologies to function accurately.
According to predictions by BI Intelligence, 82% of cars shipped by 2021 will be connected to the internet, paving the way for new services in the vehicle. From diagnostic technologies that detect engine faults early, to navigation systems that receive breakdown alerts from the cloud, the internet of things is the basis of the connected car. Connectivity also enables consumers apps like Spotify or Alexa to run in the vehicle, enhancing customer experience.
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