Movimento, a service provider of ‘over-the-air’ software updates for the automotive industry has partnered with Aricent to design a system which would allow VMs to continuously update and improve vehicle performance and services.
The raw data is being generated by on-board sensors and cameras, which until now has gone largely unmonitored.
The new service will bring vehicle data to the cloud for VM business intelligence.
Vehicle manufacturer intelligence
Mahbubul Alam, chief technology officer at Movimento Group, said: “This data could amount to 5.4 terabytes daily.
“Imagine if this data was analysed and used to create vehicle improvements and cost savings.
“We’re currently gathering less than one per cent of the data generated.”
The gateway links to a car’s internal communications bus and includes all the connectivity, storage and compute power.
A cloud-based analytics platform and rules engine developed by Aricent allows the VM to run both statistical and probabilistic models on the data to determine whether a software or firmware update should be scheduled at an appropriate time, for example at the next schedule maintenance event.
Independent aftermarket threat
The independent aftermarket is continuing to fight for unmonitored access to vehicle data and is calling for urgent legislation to protect consumer choice and the aftermarket.
It’s a concerning topic which the IAAF’s Wendy Williamson described as “a much greater threat than we faced ten years ago with block exemption.”
GW reader Pete recently commented on the affect to the economy if VMs succeed in locking the aftermarket out.
He said: “Think of the job losses and loss of revenue if small garages all of a sudden didn’t exist, my town isn’t a big one but we have over 30 independent garages.”
However, there’s a sense of optimism among some independents who believe good service and continued investment will keep the competition open.
Edward Cockill commented on GW: “I think that they [VMs] will make it as hard as possible to stop cars coming to independents but if you keep offering a good service and keep up to date with the technology I do not see why we cannot compete.
“Yes it will involve investment but I see so many garages falling behind because they are not willing to put their hand in their pockets and pay for the equipment needed.”
Movimento Group is currently working with Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Chrysler Automobiles and Volvo.
The news follows a recent survey which found that 71 per cent of UK drivers believe the driver should own connected car data rather than the VM.
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