Connected vehicle cloud platforms

by Mike Sweetman
12 February 2020

Connected vehicle cloud platforms are already being exploited by a large number of users and this market continues to grow. With the coming of electric vehicles into our lives, a connected vehicle becomes even more relevant. This applies to both driver-driven and autonomous vehicles. Big companies are already operating in the cloud car systems market and this trend continues to develop. Let's look at some approaches and solutions in the field of connected vehicles.

History of Global Positioning System and Mobile Internet

At the beginning of the XXI century, the active use of GPS systems began. In principle, they have been available since the 1980s, but it was only in 2000 that they became more accurate, thanks to a bill that prohibited the military from scrambling satellite signals used by civilians.

The next transition was not long in coming, in 2001. The first mobile phones were connected to the car via Bluetooth. This stage opened the concept of hands-free calling through a mobile phone, and also laid the foundation for voice recognition technologies.

In 2003, GM first introduced the ability to receive remote reports on the state of the car, as well as access to a global data network and digital navigation that uses not only GPS (by the way, satellite positioning appeared earlier than a permanent connection - back in 1995 on Oldsmobile cars), but also data downloaded from the Internet.

With the development of mobile communication technologies, since 2007, carmakers have begun to integrate telematics systems into their cars, using exclusively data transmission channels of cellular operators.

In 2008, wi-fi first appeared on board in the cars. The solution was originally developed for trucks to support communication with the head office. And in the summer of 2014, Audi became the first automaker to integrate the 4G LTE module into the car to provide automation, while providing passengers with high-speed Internet access via Wi-Fi.

Why connected vehicles?

The first connected cars can be considered cars with phones, primitive models of which were seen on the streets of the United States starting in 1946. Weighing more than 35 kilograms, with limited functionality, car phones were originally used mainly by forwarding drivers, journalists and security services.

The next milestone in the history of the connected car market was the emergence of cruise control onboard a car in 1958. Cruise control was invented by the blind engineer Ralph Teetor. Ralph decided to create a device that would maintain the same speed to avoid accidents on the road. In 1945, Ralph received a patent for his invention. In 1958, Chrysler became interested in the invention and offered it to its customers.

A necessary element of a connected car is a stable communication channel. From this point of view, the first "connected" car was created by General Motors in collaboration with Motorola Automotive. The solution was called OnStar, which entered the US market in 1996. When OnStar first became available as an option to an established dealer, it was a worldwide discovery. Thanks to the analog cellular system, the system offered an unprecedented opportunity to connect a car and thus opened the door to security and IT innovations.

Today, it's hard to imagine, but GM had to develop its own telematics tools, as cellular networks were not reliable enough. As a result, Cadillac DeVille, Seville, and Eldorado cars were able to call emergency services in the event of an accident.

A connected car is a vehicle that communicates with other cars and devices, networks and services that cover extensive infrastructure, including your home and office. Therefore, many experts believe that a connected car is an element of the Internet of Things ecosystem.

At the heart of automotive intelligence is the head module, which collects data on the technical condition and "communicates" with various components of the vehicle. This can be a built-in TCU (Telematic Control Unit) or a compact dongle connected to the OBD-2 connector.

When the driver has this car connection, for example, he/she can receive traffic congestion notifications, road accident information on the route, as well as real-time weather reports. Laying the routes themselves in connected cars is carried out taking into account the habits of the user, as well as the schedule. In the morning, the system itself will offer the optimal route to the office, taking into account the traffic, and in the evening will remind you that you need to visit the store for products. In this case, if the car is a hybrid, the system will analyze the route and plan the use of battery energy, taking into account the terrain, to guarantee the addition of traction on the climbs, saving fuel, and quietly recharge the battery on the slopes. In general, the "connected" functions can be divided into five major categories: security, navigation, information and entertainment, diagnostics and payments. In addition to the above, a classification developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is now recognized as the worldwide standard for assessing the capabilities of automatic driving technologies. The SAE scale includes five levels of autonomy. Most experts attribute Navigate on Autopilot to second-level autonomy systems, while the conditional fifth level corresponds to complete autonomy.

Level 2 is a partially automated control, in which the car can go on its own in certain conditions, but the driver must follow the control. In this case, electronics are responsible for the acceleration, braking,  turns, and are even able to drive a car on its own, but not in all conditions.

Navigation services

The capabilities of the connected vehicles include informing the driver that gasoline or battery charge is running out and at the same time suggesting the road to the nearest gas station or charging station. Or, at the request of the driver, it will look for the nearest hotel or cafe. By accessing the Internet in the car, the user can be informed about a variety of events, for example, the weather or traffic situation.

Navigation systems in modern cars are not just a map with satellite positioning. They are supplemented by traffic information and data from other road users. So, for example, if the car owner is away, the system will be able to recommend when it is better to go home so as not to get stuck in traffic jams.

Diagnosis

Thanks to the features of intelligent remote diagnostics, the car can inform the driver of the need for maintenance or repair. BigData technologies potentially allow for predictive diagnostics, by varying the parameters of determining which nodes may fail in the near future.

Payments

Among the potentials of connected cars is the automatic payment for parking upon check-in. In most cases, you will only need to install the appropriate application on the onboard computer.

The concept continues to evolve, with some vendors already offering the option to pay for other products and services, such as gasoline or a charging station, through the car.

Of course, the services are personalized, as the system can automatically recognize the driver by voice or riding style and adjust to it, including music from your favorite channel or reading the relevant news compilation. The system also monitors the movement and can advise on the safety and economy of fuel or battery charge.

Using cloud platforms for connected vehicle

It is known that around 1.25 million people die every year around the world as a result of an accident. In an attempt to expand the “safety zone” around the car, Ericsson introduced the concept of the “cloud car of the future” based on the Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud solution.

The Connected Vehicle Cloud is part of an integrated automated system that allows connected vehicles to exchange real-time traffic data in order to increase the safety and efficiency of traffic flows.

Today, the main tools for driver alerts are road signs, while the Connected Traffic Cloud will allow you to broadcast relevant information about a specific section of the route to the on-board computer display. This concept is consistent with what many drivers expect from their car: it is a continuous connection with the infrastructure and other drivers, the functionality of the car and the presence of electronic assistants.

Having received a warning from the car in front, the driver takes extra time to slow down and avoid danger. This will help reduce the likelihood of a wheel breaking or suspension damage, which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of an accident.

As for Volvo, it is developing a warning system for slippery sections of the road - this is Volvo's first cloud-based security technology. When a Volvo car detects an icy or slippery section of the road, this information is transferred to the Volvo Cars database, from where it arrives at all cars approaching a dangerous section.

Information about the problem is also sent to the road service, supplementing the data provided by existing road infrastructure monitoring stations. This approach is designed to improve the quality of highway services in winter.

Cloud car diagnostics: in 2010, automakers recalled more than 20.3 million cars. This is due to the fact that as soon as the vehicle leaves the dealership, its systems become a "black box" for manufacturers and suppliers of equipment.

The existing approach to recalling cars is reactionary: the manufacturer recalls all cars of a certain year, make or model only after the problem has appeared on a large number of vehicles. This takes a lot of time, during which a critical system can fail and create a threat to the driver’s safety, which will damage the reputation of the manufacturer.

In addition, the control modules in cars contain millions of lines of code, and the number of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) sometimes does not exceed ten. Consequently, there is an urgent need for systematic diagnostics of car control software so that problems can be detected at an early stage.

For this reason, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania is developing an automatic program for remote diagnostics and testing AutoPlug, capable of sending patches for firmware control electronic components of the machine. Thus, AutoPlug acts as an intermediary between the vehicle control modules and the Remote Diagnostic Center (RDC).

The Center for Remote Diagnostics receives data on the state of the car over the network and prepares a response in the form of dynamic trouble diagnosis codes (DyDTC), which “monitor” the control modules that cause concern. When all the information about the problem is collected, a “patch” is generated for the controller.

Thus, the remote diagnostic system is able to detect and reprogram failed controllers with the system (and not only system) errors.

As part of this issue, one cannot ignore the cloud service for car diagnostics MECH5 - a cloud platform for car data analysis. The solution provides a remote connection to the machine, the collection, and transmission of data on the status of vehicle systems and provides online access to maintenance logs. In addition, the technology allows you to search for auto repair shops located close to the user.

Gaining access to the car’s electronics, MECH5 generates vehicle performance reports and detects minor malfunctions, helping to prevent a problem from occurring.

It is based on the OBD2 protocols, which are responsible for the exchange of data between the electronic control unit and the diagnostic scanner, and the OEM protocols, which allow the extraction of more detailed information. MECH5 can connect to any electronic control unit and collect its indicators: state of the air conditioner, airbags, gearbox, engine, etc.

MECH5 uses the standard VCI (Vehicle Communication Interface) to connect to the vehicle’s diagnostic connector, and through the X-Link application, it organizes secure access to the cloud.

Let's see what cloud provider solutions are available now.

 

Amazon

AWS Connected Vehicle Solution enables automotive manufacturers and suppliers to build serverless IoT applications. These applications allow gathering, processing, analyzing, and acting on connected vehicle data, without having to manage any infrastructure. With AWS IoT, customers can connect vehicles and devices to the AWS Cloud with low latency and have very low overhead.

“To help customers more easily develop and deploy a wide range of innovative connected vehicle services, AWS offers a connected vehicle solution that provides secure vehicle connectivity to the AWS Cloud, and a framework that helps customers integrate AWS IoT and AWS Greengrass into the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) software stack.”

Amazon Connected Vehicle Solution Version 2.1.1 works with the most up-to-date Node.js runtime.

“The connected vehicle solution includes capabilities for local computing within vehicles, sophisticated event rules, and data processing and storage. The solution is designed to provide a framework for connected vehicle services, allowing you to focus on extending the solution's functionality rather than managing the underlying infrastructure operations. You can build upon this framework to address a variety of use cases such as voice interaction, navigation, and other location-based services, remote vehicle diagnostics and health monitoring, predictive analytics and required maintenance alerts, media streaming services, vehicle safety, and security services, head unit applications, and mobile applications.”

Amazon AWS IoT Framework for Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) allows the integration of AWS IoT and AWS Greengrass into the AGL software stack.

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Airbiquity

Airbiquity cloud has 8M+ OTA Software Updates to Date and 43,833,795 vehicles powered by Airbiquity Technology (at the beginning of 2020).

“Airbiquity's latest service delivery offering — OTAmatic® — securely orchestrates and automates the increasingly complex task of planning and executing multi-ECU OTA software updates and data management. OTAmatic was designed to meet the unique needs of automotive today — while providing a foundation for continuous advancements in future software and data reliant ADAS, V2X, AI, and autonomous vehicle features. If your company is planning to deploy an OTA solution, OTAmatic will move you to the front of the pack — and keep you there.”

Airbiquity offers the following cloud products for vehicles:

  • Over-the-air (OTA) software and data management
  • Service management
  • Safety & security
  • Infotainment delivery
  • Electric vehicle
  • Intelligent vehicle
  • Fleet management

“Airbiquity has served automotive commercial customers since the beginning of connected vehicle services. We understand the unique requirements of automotive software, pioneered cloud-based service delivery, and evolved our offerings to encompass end-to-end solutions, component-level solution integration, and solution deployment flexibility. Airbiquity stands ready to help you and your team tackle the toughest connected vehicle service delivery challenges.”

Airbiquity integrates the broad array of components needed to build and operate connected car programs in the B2B model:

  • mobile network connectivity
  • vehicle entertainment systems or "head units"
  • cabin displays and instrumentation
  • telematics control units (TCU)
  • on-board diagnostic dongles (OBD-II)
  • data analytics providers
  • software and firmware over-the-air (OTA)

Bosch

Bosch, in partnership with the consulting company Prognos, conducted a study called “Connected Car Effect 2025”, which examined trends in the development of car integration into the network for the US, Germany, and major cities of China. According to the results of the study, car safety systems and cloud technologies will help prevent about 260 thousand injuries due to road accidents, reduce CO2 emissions by 390 thousand tons, and save drivers many hours of time.

“Cars of the future, integrated into the network, will be less likely to get into accidents, save fuel and cause less concern to drivers,” said Dr. Dirk Hoizel, a member of the Bosch board of directors, summing up the results of model calculations.

According to the results of model calculations, by 2025 the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) will be equipped with up to 90% of all vehicles in the three countries considered in this study. Systems of automatic emergency braking and warning about the inadvertent intersection of road markings will be installed on 40% or more cars. Networking capabilities will be available to most cars: by 2025, approximately every second infotainment system will have smartphone functions.

Thanks to the integration of cars into the network, CO2 emissions will decrease by almost 400 thousand tons - approximately the same amount of carbon dioxide is absorbed by the forests of the Black Forest National Park in Germany for three years. The concepts of municipal parking and the active management of parking spaces will reduce the distance traveled by cars by approximately 380 million kilometers. At the same time, the development of automated driving technologies will provide additional fuel savings. Internet solutions for finding parking spaces in the USA, China and Germany will save about 70 million hours at the wheel. For comparison, this is the working time of approximately 40 thousand employees during the year.

Drivers making long trips will gain up to 31 hours of free time (on average, in the United States drivers spend up to 43 hours a year on motorways, in China - up to 26 hours and in Germany - up to 39.5 hours). The development of automated driving technologies and the integration of cars into the network will allow you to use up to 80% of the time spent driving for other activities: reading, working with e-mail, conference calls and video conferencing, or watching movies. Active drivers traveling about 40 thousand kilometers per year will gain up to 95 hours of free time during trips.

Cisco

Cisco has a very broad range of technologies not only for a connected vehicle but for the transportation industry in general. They provide solutions in the following areas:

  • Aviation. Offer new services to passengers, workers, and tenants for greater mobility and collaboration.
  • Maritime. Offer efficient traffic management, cargo routing, and security for the world’s ports.
  • Mass transit. Track each fleet vehicle’s location, gain predictive maintenance capabilities, and offer uninterrupted Wi-Fi to passengers.
  • Rail. Improve operational efficiency, simplify maintenance, and provide Wi-Fi onboard trains, at the trackside, and in stations.
  • Roadways. Reduce traffic congestion and help save lives by providing safety and dynamic rerouting updates to travelers.
  • Vehicles. Improve the communications between vehicles and from vehicles to surrounding infrastructure, such as traffic signals.

“Cisco is bringing the Internet to the road to keep roads safer, less congested, and cleaner by building a unified communications network platform for vehicles. Cisco is developing a highly secure end-to-end network architecture to optimize communication links and mobility services to and from connected cars.”

Cisco communication and Internet technologies are very important in providing new connected vehicle services through high-speed, highly secure connectivity from vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2X), vehicle to devices, and from vehicle to the cloud. The most important areas for connected vehicles are already developed, such as data and duty cycles, telemetry and infotainment. Cisco Jasper Control Center manages the connectivity of all your IoT devices in one global Software as a Service cloud solution.

Daimler

Daimler is starting a Europe-wide cooperation project in the area of connected vehicles based on Car-to-X-Communication. This project is supported by the transport ministries in Germany, Spain, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

One of the goals of the project is safety in road traffic. This project includes cooperation with HERE Technologies, TomTom and the transport authorities in six European countries. Such companies as Daimler, BMW, Ford, and Volvo are testing technologies with regard to how information about hazardous situations can be passed on using Car-to-X. The Netherlands will be the first country to test this project.

Also, Mercedes-Benz offers, under the name "Mercedes connect me", a package of free standard services via a KOM module integrated into the vehicle. This module also may be used with the fee-based Remote Online services. The range of services is being expanded.

As said by Executive Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Sajjad Khan: “Car-to-X communication has the potential to significantly improve safety on the roads. With this project we are raising previous approaches to a new level: For the first time, we have numerous highly capable and effective partners on board, so that warning messages can reach a large number of road users practically in real-time. This can save lives.”

Google

Google has a very broad range of cloud services for building connected vehicle cloud.

“Vehicles are transforming from individual, self-contained, transportation-focused objects to sophisticated, Internet-connected endpoints, often capable of two-way communication. The new data streams generated by modern connected vehicles drive innovative business models such as usage-based insurance, enable new in-vehicle experiences, and build the foundation for advances in-vehicle technology such as autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.”

Connected vehicle data is collected from very different sources:

  • Vehicle location. GPS coordinates, speed limit, accelerometer, compass orientation.
  • Drivetrain metrics. Drive status, engine RPM, engine temperature, fuel level, fault codes.
  • Vehicle environment status. Cabin/external temperature, rain detection, humidity.
  • Custom sensors. Cameras, third-party tracking services including payload temperatures, location, speed, damaging impacts.

Google describes four main use cases for connected vehicle clouds:

  • Usage-based insurance
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Freight tracking
  • Customized in-vehicle experience

The main challenges are listed as device management, data ingestion, data analytics. applications and predictive models. Here is a proposed variant of possible cloud architecture based on Google cloud:

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Harman (a Samsung company)

HARMAN has a big and modern portfolio of connected car solutions for automakers.  The company provides hardware components, highly-integrated Digital Cockpit Platforms, ADAS, cybersecurity, telematics and more. HARMAN is the world’s leading expert in automotive technology integration.

“HARMAN Ignite, an automotive digital ecosystem, brings together the benefits of connected life into the vehicle. As the industry enters the next era of mobility – one that focuses less on mechanics and more on consumer-centric mobility experiences – Ignite enables automakers to prepare for the future, which demands better connectivity, device management, application enablement, analytics, and managed services capabilities.”

“Combined with the power of Samsung, HARMAN is the partner automakers need to engineer unique, smart, enhanced and rich in-vehicle experiences and the ecosystems to support them. HARMAN’s end-to-end solutions provide automakers with the advanced connectivity needed to usher in a new era of mobility.”

Harman provides solutions in the era of automotive cybersecurity. “As cars become increasingly connected and more technologically advanced, they also become more susceptible to cybercrime. Automakers can’t be expected to tackle these high data security demands alone, which is why HARMAN not only serves as a valued cybersecurity consultant but also as a supplier of a vault-like security solution: HARMAN Shield. Built as a flexible, far-reaching and highly sophisticated suite of products and technologies, HARMAN Shield provides scalable end-to-end cybersecurity for connected cars today, and in the future.”

IBM IoT Connected Vehicle Insights

The IBM IoT for Automotive solution extends the scope of cognitive technology to networked cars, providing sensors and systems to enhance vehicle usability. Modern cars are a data center on wheels, with built-in sensors and computers to collect information about the car, which becomes available in almost real-time. IBM IoT for Automotive is a cloud service that can be used to retrieve, process, and analyze big data collected in connected cars.

IBM IoT Connected Vehicle proposes the following main functions:

Real-time traffic data acquisition
The tool for dynamic search of the shortest route, taking into account the situation on the roads in almost real-time, including traffic and weather conditions.

Interconnected Services Support
Getting information about the location, movement and technical condition of cars. Use of cartographic context, driving style, and analytical data to enhance driving comfort.

Quality improvement
Automakers and suppliers can optimize production and diagnose the degree of safety and technical problems in the process of car movement.

And the key features of this cloud solution are:

  • High-Performance Analytics Platform
  • Snapping to context and more
  • Data collection from IoT devices
  • Geospatial Mapping Service
  • More details
  • Security and privacy in the cloud
  • Using IBM Cloud offerings, your company can quickly scale up and adapt to changing business requirements without compromising security and privacy and without increasing risks. Learn more about IBM Cloud Security.

This offer complies with the following industry and international standards (depending on the edition selected - ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018).

Ericsson

“Connectivity is changing the automotive ecosystem and the way your drivers interact with their cars. Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud caters to the global automotive industry's need for scalability, security, and flexibility when connecting products and services.
Vehicle manufacturers can easily expand services to new segments and regions via the Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud. Ericsson's deployment model is flexible, with a central node and regional nodes based upon varying market requirements and local regulations. The Connected Vehicle Cloud is built for scale and flexibility and is a platform for fast-paced service innovation where you can continuously deploy new services. It enables the vehicle manufacturer to deploy services such as Telematics, Infotainment, Navigation, Fleet management, etc.”

Key Connected Vehicle Cloud features include: 

  • Cloud Execution Platform: Platform for global deployment of the Connected Vehicle Cloud
  • Design and Execution Environment: For the OEM and their partners to innovate, develop and deploy new services and applications
  • Device communication to connect to any kind of vehicle or device
  • Data Storage for flexible and scalable storage of vehicle and other device data
  • Security and Privacy for secure communication between the Connected vehicle cloud and different actors like vehicle, devices, drivers, users, partners 
  • User and Vehicle Profile for managing vehicle and user to provide right services, experience, and privacy
  • Service Exposure for the exposing vehicle data to the market ecosystem in a secure way with the consent given access
  • Commerce to be able to monetize on the assets in the automotive ecosystem with partners and customers 
  • Partner Management to handle the partner relationship and their access and capability to add new partner services

“With the Connected Vehicle Cloud from Ericsson, our partners can integrate and manage an ecosystem of third-party services and stakeholders. As an OEM, you can retain secure control of proprietary data such as vehicle and driver telematics as you partner with local businesses, traffic authorities, insurance companies, entertainment channels, maintenance providers and more. The Connected Vehicle Cloud solution is designed to support innovation with new business models, and speed with rapid development and continuous deployment.”

Microsoft

The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will be an integral part of this IoT project, and Microsoft's assistance will play a key role in moving to a business model based on computer programs and services. In addition to the technical lines of work, the new division will have lines of work focused solely on the company's culture and the transition to the new model, and Hettel says Volkswagen is enthusiastically adopting the development experience acquired by Microsoft under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella.

Hettel noted these changes three years ago when he visited Microsoft, working for another automaker. Hettel read announcements on a digital display on the campus, such as employee training schedules, and was shocked by the atmosphere there.

“It wasn’t the company I saw a few years earlier,” he says.  It was then that I understood the true meaning of transformation and changed my attitude to how transformations in a large company should go. My whole world, my whole little black and white picture crashed, and I thought: if such a big company like Microsoft can change, then why can't the automobile industry do this? Why don't we take over what I saw here? ”

According to Hettel, as Volkswagen moved toward its goal of creating a digital platform for integrating connected cars, the cloud, and services, the company recognized the need for a more flexible approach and the use of a single digital platform. In recent months, Volkswagen has updated its digital strategy by integrating several operations and acquiring several software companies. But to become a consumer-oriented company with an ecosystem for connecting cars to the cloud, Volkswagen decided to partner with Microsoft.

“We came to the conclusion that we need revolutionary change,” says Hettel. - We want to use what we can take from the culture and technology of Microsoft. We want to become the "Microsoft automotive industry," in the sense that we are recognized as a company that has undergone a digital transformation, and classified as a digital player in the global market. "

Dee Templeton, Microsoft's Senior Affiliate Product Manager, said the company will work hand in hand with Volkswagen on this transformation. Given that the Volkswagen Group unites 12 brands (the largest of which is Volkswagen) and 640 thousand employees worldwide, this will be a difficult undertaking.

“We will share our knowledge gained during the transformation process under the direction of Satya,” Templeton says. “We want to help Volkswagen satisfy its bold ambitions about its future, and what we can offer is quite unique.” We will show how Microsoft has changed its own culture and how we have achieved a comprehensive transformation. It's not just about software. Our experience, our legacy, which spans several decades of developing software from scratch, is another reason partnerships with Microsoft are so important to them.

Qualcomm Technologies

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., introduced the new Qualcomm Car-to-Cloud service, the first integrated security service package for connected vehicles on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G platforms.

The new Car-to-Cloud service, implemented on the basis of numerous technological achievements of the company, will help car manufacturers keep their on-board and telematics systems up-to-date, as well as provide flexible upgrade vehicles, making it possible to activate necessary functions at any time. Thus, car manufacturers will be able to take into account consumer technological trends despite the existing production cycles in the automotive industry. The Car-to-Cloud service’s ability to wirelessly upgrade vehicles “over the air” throughout their entire life cycle, activating on-demand functions and paying for services as they are used opens up new sources of revenue for manufacturers. In addition, Car-to-Cloud allows you to collect useful analytical data on the operation and use.

Helping automakers to meet growing customer demands, Qualcomm Technologies implemented the Soft SKU functionality in the Car-to-Cloud service, which makes it possible to field-update chipsets to implement new functions in case they appear or increase performance requirements. This protected functionality allows you to flexibly activate functions on demand, increase productivity in the middle of the use cycle, adapt vehicles in accordance with regional requirements and implement functions in accordance with the product segment, from basic to top. Soft SKU also gives customers the opportunity to develop universal hardware without spending extra money on numerous specialized developments. Using Car-to-Cloud Soft SKU, car manufacturers will be able to offer consumers not only a wide range of adaptable options but also personalized applications that increase the comfort of being in a car.

Based on the analytical capabilities of the Car-to-Cloud service, which uses data from multiple sources, car manufacturers can create unique personalized applications for the driver, passengers, and the car.

Data on-board processors and operating systems, information about the location and condition of the vehicle are sent to personal applications and processed at the level of an individual car and the entire stream. The analytics also facilitates the creation of content packages, services, and applications for different segments, opening up new sources of income for car manufacturers working with content providers.

The new service also supports a chipset-based information security solution, providing trusted capabilities and functional management, secure device configuration and certification. In addition, Car-to-Cloud provides support for the initial loading of the service via cellular communications, as well as the use of wireless communications throughout the life of the vehicle.

Qualcomm announced “The Qualcomm Car-to-Cloud service in combination with our Snapdragon Automotive 4G/5G and Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platforms gives car manufacturers and tier-one suppliers the opportunity to not only meet the new expectations of today's demanding car owners who are used to using flexible, constantly updated technologies, but also to offer new features throughout the life of the car... Qualcomm Car-to-Cloud will give car manufacturers an innovative solution to overall improve communication quality, reduce costs, increase user comfort, as well as the opportunity to offer new profitable services throughout the life of the car. "

It is planned that the new Car-to-Cloud service will be in the spring of 2020.

  • Qualcomm Car-to-Cloud Service Features
  • Promising developments accelerate commissioning. Immediate implementation of functions with the possibility of their further modernization during the operation of the car; activation only if necessary; the possibility of selling services to customers on request.
  • The profitability of the operation. Cost-effective wireless, over-the-air updates over the air; management of reviews and warranty; payment of equipment, software, and services as they are used.
  • Analytics. The ability to obtain information on the use of applications and functions, making informed decisions based on monitoring of car usage modes and individual functions.
  • New services and sources of income. New connected services; car-sharing services on demand, car as a service (Car as a Service, CaaS); additional sales after returning the rented vehicle.
  • Personalized comfort for passengers. User applications based on analytical data; packages of content, services, and applications for different segments, opening up new sources of revenue.
  • Integrated Communications. Interaction with global operators for the initial establishment of communication; compliance and integration with local operators; traffic differentiation for paid communication offers.
  • Secure Certified Communications. It is provided with secure keys in Qualcomm Technologies chipsets and secure car-to-cloud server infrastructure.

Conclusion

Modern technologies are developing so fast that sometimes we don’t notice how they come into our lives. This is what happens with connected vehicles; this process has already been repeated several times with various technologies. And when the two technologies are combined to create a qualitatively new solution, then this process speeds up several times. So it happened in the case of the combination of cloud technology and connected vehicles. Cloud technology was taken for granted when creating the info structure for the plug-in vehicle. Such a symbiosis gives excellent results and promotes these solutions to consumer ones.

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