The internet of things (IoT) serves as a network connectivity that enables several devices to collect and exchange data.
Thanks to this technological advancement, human beings are able to stay connected more often than ever before, changing the way we interact with our daily activities and creating a better experience for human safety on daily bases.
Howbeit that IoT has brought noteworthy transformation to the automotive and transportation industry: Improved efficiency in supply chain, the safety of vehicles and vehicle operators, and most especially ensuring safe delivery of a shipped vehicle to its destination.
However, the implementation of IoT on transportation companies is on the rise, little wonder why the Gartner firm forecast, shows that the production of new automobiles equipped with data connectivity, either through a built-in communication modules, or by a tether to a mobile device is predicted to increase from 12.4 million in 2016 to 61 million in 2020.
With the emergence of today's mobile technology and the IoT, transportation industries can accelerate productivity, profitability, and efficient operations to connect all devices across a centralized cloud network, allowing them to gain real visibility of their operations.
Below, therefore, are ways IoT is transforming the automotive and transportation industries.
1. Smart car safety or secured auto transportation:
Imagine what our environment will look like without the innovation of IoT! With the increasing number of people who are using transportation every year, many avoidable injuries and death occur because of an unsafe road, defective operating conditions, and poor transport system.
But thanks to the IoT technology, which has added to the security of vehicle transport services by providing GPS- based technologies which prevent cars from sudden crashes.
In fact, many cities have started implementing transportation initiatives to optimize their public transportation routes, reducing infrastructural cost, and creating safer roads to avoid traffic congestion.
A significant example is the electric-car sharing programme, Autolib, that was launched in Paris in late 2011. The sensors inside the connected vehicles make corporate tracking easy, meanwhile, drivers can make use of the vehicle’s dashboard to reserve public parking space in the city.
Programs like this help connected vehicles to gather valuable data on how drivers operate their cars.
2. The innovation of driverless cars:
The current mode of connected transportation still requires a driver. Whereas, by 2025 there will not be a need for a driver to be on the steering wheel. IoT will revolutionize everything into a new form, and everybody will be a passenger.
Driverless cars are an advancement that will affect logistics and transportation later or sooner. Many companies have tested driverless cars on the open road (including Google) and several auto producers have also introduced a semi-autonomous driving capability in their vehicles. Even if a driver has to be inside an autonomous vehicle, there is a way to switch the vehicle from autonomous to mode - this allows the driver to rest at will while the truck keeps moving.
3. Fleet management:
Fleet management allows companies that depend on transportation in business to minimize the risk associated with vehicle investment. Thereby improving efficiency, productivity and reducing transportation and staff cost. By using a properly configured IoT fleet management system, equipment and vehicles are less likely to encounter dangerous road conditions.
In fact, IoT system can regulate through your sensor network to know how quick or slow a traffic is moving. This did not only allow fleet managers to easily redirect vehicles around traffic congestion but also keeps the drivers safer by providing them a clear route with no obstruction.
The fleet management also helps companies to track drivers who are operating the company’s vehicle in an unsafe speed. They provide data and connect the company to quickly access the issue, and get in contact with their drivers.
IoT has enhanced the shipping process for different car shipping carriers by providing GPS fleet tracking software, which enables several shipping companies to make sure their vehicles are operating under optimal condition.
This has helped in locating vehicles easily, ensuring safety and accountability with a better workflow.
4. IOT is taking transportation to another level:
The connected cars of tomorrow are right around the corner, and looking at the way IoT is taking transportation to another level, it’ll totally change our travel experience.
Of recent, Tesla’s Elon Musk revealed the second phase of his master plan, which focuses on smart car technologies. The goal is to have cars powered with a solar roof and with autopilot technology that is ten times safer than human drivers.
Tesla is already building an electric bus for urban areas which will automatically match the speed of surrounding traffic. And Musk believes Tesla can improve automotive factory efficiency, five times to ten times by 2020 to make this automobile available and affordable.
5. Road weather data:
Harsh weather can result in unsafe road condition causing a lot of damages for vehicles during transportation. Although fleet managers always analyze weather forecast to know when and how cold weather will affect their operations.
Meanwhile, wrong weather forecast and outdated weather road data are harmful to operations.
IoT is set to address this issue through sensors placed on vehicles or at a fixed point along roadways. These fixed sensors are set to collate millions of data that is transferred to fleet managers, to help them access full details of hyper-local road weather data - which can be used to know whether or not the road is safe for their drivers.
It’s obvious with the features explained above, and many more, that IoT has been transforming and would continue to transform the automotive and transport industry. In fact, it’s not wrong to think that car company today will become the leading software companies of tomorrow.
Meanwhile, now is the best time to think about how you can combine IoT into your car-related products, and join the technology revolution.
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