IBM to build cloud-based connected cars platform in China

IBM has tied up with Beijing TransWiseway Information Technology to build cloud-based connected cars platform in China.

The largest connected vehicles platform will use advanced analytics for applications that offer real-time, in-vehicle services to mobile devices, such as weather advisories, traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions, said IBM.

As per the deal, IBM will design an Internet of Vehicles (IoV) platform to connect millions of trucks as well as tens of millions of devices and sensors from vehicles. Using IBM Internet of Things technologies, the trucks and vehicles are connected to the Internet as well as with each other on this single IoV platform.

The IoV platform applies analytics to data from mobile devices and sensor data, instantly turning them into valuable information that drivers and authorities can access via the Web or through a mobile app to improve decision making.

TransWiseway selected IBM to extend its current, public IoV platform — part of the government’s traffic safety initiative implemented during Shanghai World Expo 2010 — which currently is connected with about 300,000 trucks in nine provinces.

In addition, TransWiseway and IBM China Development Labs will set up a joint innovation lab, where  developers and experts from TransWiseway and IBM will use IBM MobileFirst application development portfolio, including IBM Worklight, to develop apps that deliver services — from transportation and fleet management to in-vehicle infotainment.

The IoV platform will also allow cloud-based access to analytics generated from sensor data to enable Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to use secure APIs to expedite the development of apps from concept to testing and development.

IBM technology can perform real-time analytics in the cloud to enable TransWiseway’s operating officers to warn drivers, based on their location, of impending danger with a warning signal sent to the driver’s mobile device. In case of accidents such as a car crash, rescue teams would be able to arrive at the scene much faster and issue travel advisories for other drivers as a safety precaution.

InfotechLead News Team

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