Continental and IBM to collaborate on connected vehicles

  • 11-Sep-2013 12:56 EDT

At the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show on Sept. 10, Continental and IBM announced an agreement to collaborate on fully connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world. Work will center on what the companies call "a highly scalable cloud platform" that will enable automotive manufacturers to deliver a range of new mobile in-car services. It will enable software updates and vehicle control device functionality to be delivered over the Internet, removing costly and inconvenient workshop visits. Giving automobile manufacturers the opportunity to offer their customers a vast array of new features, this solution may equally prove beneficial in other industries such as public transportation, insurance, and retailing. Cloud-based voice recognition, real-time traffic flow data exchange, and anticipatory driving based on online and navigation data are also part of the vision for the collaboration. Anticipatory driving will be enhanced through the development of a next-generation "electronic horizon" platform that will ultimately make highly automated driving a reality. Vehicles with embedded sensors will not only receive data, they will also transmit information such as position, speed, or deceleration to the Cloud, where data will be processed, analyzed, and acted upon. The result will be a real-time map that will enable a vehicle to literally "look around the corner."

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