By connecting passenger cars to the cloud IBM can help carmakers offer customized services based on real-time vehicle performance. The potential exists for revenue streams from companies only too happy to offer a whole host of services based on individual driver profiles.
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A connected car can hook up to almost any service a consumer could imagine. Cars could be connected to insurers to feed in real time data and obtain lower rates based on safe driving. A connection to the local automobile dealer could allow the dealer to let the customer know a problem has developed that requires the customer to bring the car in for service.
Geo-location could allow cars to sync with calendars to provide meeting reminders, connect with local restaurants to make a reservation, connect back to homes to engage security alarm systems and much more. It may become possible to automatically pay for gasoline, drive-thru food orders and so on simply by being connected to the cloud.
Top Vendors In The Space
Among the top vendors expected to share the connected car space with automobile manufacturers and companies like IBM are:
And Finally - Autonomy
Once full autonomy is realized, connected cars would be able to take the kids to school or pick them up from soccer practice. A fully self-driving connected car could pay for and collect pre-ordered groceries or even be sent out to earn extra money as an Uber car.
Feedback from millions of drivers or self-driving cars on the highways can be sent to city planners, traffic engineers and others. The data collected could help with maintenance of existing highways and bridges and also assist with the planning for future infrastructure projects.