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The “things” in the Internet of Things is more than wearables or mobile phones, extending to our homes, our cars—and beyond!  Recently, developerWorks published a tutorial “Bring IoT home: Connect your car to your home,” which only scratches the surface on what a connected car means in the Internet of Things landscape.  With this tutorial, you can embrace the maker culture and tinker with using IBM Watson IoT Platform and Node-RED to have your car automatically turn on your lights and air conditioning as you approach home (that is, you enter the defined geo-fence around your home).  Last year, we published a tutorial that documented a connected vehicle starter kit that also used the Geospatial Analytics Bluemix service with IBM Watson IoT Platform and Node-RED. Learn and tinker with a recipe that shows how to send on-board diagnostic data from your car to Watson IoT Platform.

By 2020, just 4 short years from now, Gartner says that there will be a quarter billion connected cars.  Obviously, the automotive industry is not just tinkering with the IoT, they’re all in!  Back in 2014, the General Manager of IBM’s Global Automotive Industry group suggested that “connected cars will be the ultimate Internet of Things” in a Wired magazine post, “What’s Next? V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Communication With Connected Cars.”  The Internet of Things Institute includes connected cars in their list of the 10 Most Important IoT Trends of 2016. Actually they included self-driving cars, the ultimate connected car, in their list.  Whether the cars are connected or driverless, many automotive companies are getting in on the game and relying on real-time data streaming from these connected cars.

Earlier this year, IBM introduced Olli, a driverless car that uses IBM Watson IoT Platform to analyze the massive volume of data that comes from the sensors embedded within the vehicle.

Watch this short video to see how the IBM Watson IoT for Automotive software bundle is being applied by those in the automotive industry:

In October 2016, you can attend Upshift 2016 to hear about how many teams are using Watson IoT for Automotive in their solutions.

 

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