Key Role of IoT in the Automotive Industry

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The automotive industry is growing with each passing day. The demand for automobiles has grown incredibly in the past few decades. They have become a trend rather than a commodity. Every new design and feature add up to the demand and value of the specific automobile. Now, we are in a state where we are approaching automaticity.

We will probably attain complete automation by the end of this decade as we have made signs of progress as Tesla. However, we need to know how IoT comes into play in the automotive industry. Why is there a need to include IT in some machinery-based industries? What is the importance of IoT in the automotive industry?

In this article, we will be answering all such questions for you. However, before we know the role of IoT in the automotive industry, let us know what IoT is.

What is IoT?

IoT, aka the Internet of Things, works over the Internet to exchange information between systems using embedded devices like sensors, software, and technologies. IoT also uses other communication networks to exchange information. We are using IoT in various products of our daily life.

However, people are still reluctant to fully accept the IoT services as they think IoT is not as secure and privatized, which is not the case. The tech giants and governments are now addressing these issues in a full-blown way, and from what we understand, we can conclude that IoT is the future of many industries. Here, we will focus on the IoT enabled future of automotive and what lies in it, so let us get started.

What can we attain by using IoT in automotive?

IoT first got introduced to the automotive industry in 1994. It was the same time when the Internet bloomed. We started to embed the automotive software then. However, do you know what they can do for us in the automotive industry? The following are some examples of things that we can achieve in the future by using IoT.

  • IoT can increase the production of cars in the future by reducing the production time.
  • We can expect little to no financial risks with the application of IoT in the automotive industry.
  • IoT can elevate employee safety and working conditions.
  • With the usage of the Internet over Things, we can expect high-end services and products.

IoT uses in Automotive Industry:

IoT has staggering importance in the field of automobiles. People are now looking for more than a four-wheeled, steering-driven car. They want a futuristic gadget that never goes out of trend. This ideology is the reason for the growing IoT use in automobiles. Moreover, there are new IoT use cases in the automotive sector now and then.

We are already using IoT to an extent, but there is always room for development. IoT applications in the automotive industry are a broad term with several branches. We will be discussing some of them here in detail.

1. Commercial Vehicle Management

IoT is used heavily in fleet management systems. They keep track of the loads on a truck or cargo vehicle and much more. Fleet management infused as IoT in vehicles helps fleet managers in several ways.

  • It can describe the traffic situations and safest routes.
  • They can present information on a vehicle's performance in terms of mileage.
  • The IoT-infused fleet management system can provide excellent time management for the drivers.

2. Infrastructure for the Drivers

Automobiles do not get constricted to only the IoT embedding and machinery parts. They also depend on infrastructure and road networks. So, the IoT technology came up with a sleek infrastructure that a driver can easily use. The following are the benefits of Infrastructure for Drivers:

  • They help in easy prevention of traffic jams and road congestions.
  • IoT software can notify you about the upcoming charging and gas stations.
  • The clever parking system is yet another feature of automotive IoT.

3. Maintenance Alerts

Are you someone who needs reminders a lot? How about your car reminding you that it needs to get a check-up? Well, it is now possible. The IoT Maintenance System enables your automobile to remind you of the maintenance schedule and more than that.

  • They help you know the current status of your car's interiors and prevent them from wearing off.
  • IoT software used for predictive maintenance helps us check several parameters like the electrical system, temperature, navigation, etc.
  • They help you save time and money because you can act before things go out of hand.

4. Infotainment in Automotive

There are several features that we now use in cars. We have software that shows maps, AI assistants, etc. Right now, two companies are highly investing in in-vehicle infotainment. You might have guessed their names. They are Apple Inc. and Google. For now, the services they have are smartphone-based connections with the web. However, they are working on making them automatic in the future. What services do they offer?

  • Both of them are working in the same field but have different approaches in IoT.
  • Google provides services like Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play Store.
  • Apple embedded the service called Apple CarPlay.

5. Connections

You will be amazed to know the number of ways your car can connect to other devices. Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) connection is fast-growing for everyone. However, there are other devices and places to link your vehicle. They are named Vehicle to Network (V2N), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle to Pedestrians (V2P).

  • In V2V, vehicles within a range can exchange data with each other.
  • In V2N, vehicles can connect to cloud systems, weather forecast departments, or transport management.
  • In V2I, vehicles can access the road infrastructure and know the other surrounding vehicle networks.
  • In V2P, vehicles get connected to a pedestrian with the help of a mobile phone.

Key Takeaways

We are now on the same page regarding IoT because of the above-given facts and estimates. The importance of IoT in the automotive industry is now clear to us due to its impact. With time, this impact will only grow bigger.

We will have more optimized and high-end automotive industries. Who knows how near we are to complete automation of automobiles and what more can IoT do? Hopefully, we will be here to witness much more of the industry's growth in the coming years.

About The Author: Mark Alfred is the Founder & CEO of 5iQ, cloud-based automotive software for the auto industry. We at 5iQ love sharing and discussing mechanical industry news.

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