Applications of IoT in the Automotive Industry

In this day and age, almost no industry in the world is left untouched by the Internet of Things. The devices connected over a network have become a reality and IoT is already making a mark across industries like healthcare, agriculture, and retail. However, of all these industries, this technology has proven its value most extensively in the automotive industry. In fact, technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started influencing the way we handle our automobiles, buy them and even drive. 

IoT in the Automotive Industry

As you might already know, the IoT technology is all about making the world more connected. And this is what this revolutionary tech is doing in the automotive industry- making cars connected! Manufacturers in the automotive sector have already adopted IoT in several areas. As a result, both at commercial, as well as consumer levels, IoT applications are revolutionizing the auto industry. According to reports, there will be 381 million connected cars on the road by 2020 and the global automotive IoT market is expected to touch USD 106.32 billion by 2023. 

The applications of IoT have resulted in improved transportation, efficiency, and better safety. Here we’ll explore the most amazing applications of IoT in the automotive industry.

In-Car Infotainment

In today’s technological world, mobile phones and the internet have become a necessity of life. Now, car manufacturers are also integrating their vehicles with mobile devices to provide smart navigation based on simple commands. The car’s infotainment system is being integrated with smart apps such as Apple CarPlay to offer in-car navigation, telematics, and entertainment. The connectivity even makes it possible to call the police and paramedics in the event of a car crash. By connecting the infotainment system of the vehicle to an external device like a Smartphone for internet connectivity, the driver can access apps such as Google Maps, Play Store, and Google Assistant into vehicle’s infotainment systems. 

Predictive Maintenance

The IoT technology is also being used to monitor the functional metrics of the car such as temperature, engine status, speed, electrical systems, and navigation. The vehicles are installed with sensors to gauge performance variables and forecast potential issues. This is quite useful for updating and alerting the vehicle owners about the preventative and predictive maintenance to fix the issues before they arise.

Improved Safety and Security 

IoT enabled cars offers better security and surveillance with the help of external sensors embedded in the rear-view cameras and proximity sensors. These sensors are being deployed to detect blind spot and assist in parking. It can also monitor weather, surrounding traffic patterns, and predict collisions far in advance to ensure safe driving.

Self-Driving Cars

Soon driverless cars will become a reality that would be connected to everything. These cars would ride without the direct involvement of the driver with the help of software. Google has already launched its Self-Driving Car Project in 2011 which is in the testing process. Also, Ford, Tesla, and IBM are carrying their own research to use advanced radar and artificial intelligence in vehicles that can detect dangers, obstructions, other vehicles, and pedestrians much quicker than a human driver.

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