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    [EN] BMW’s Connected-Car Data Platform to Run in IBM’s Cloud

    CarData project is being billed as the first OEM open data platform.

    Christine Hall
    June 16, 2017



    BMW is planning to use IBM’s cloud infrastructure to deploy its new platform for collecting data from connected cars. IBM announced it’s become a “pilot partner” with the German automaker this week.

    Specifically, it’s partnering on the automaker’s CarData project that was announced at the end of May at the “Mobility of Tomorrow” automotive event in Berlin and which is being billed as the first OEM open data platform.

    CarData promises to be a new way of accessing the reams of data — mileage, average fuel consumption, event data, service information and the like — that is collected by an automobile’s onboard computers. Under the plan, the data is encrypted and transmitted to BMW’s secure servers, utilizing a SIM card permanently installed in the vehicle for enhanced security. With the user’s consent, the data can then be made available to third party service providers, such as insurance companies and repair shops.

    Providing the data center infrastructure to collect and analyze connected-car data is a nascent use case for cloud providers that’s bound to become a big market in the near future, especially as self-driving vehicles start to really kick into high gear. Just this past March, Japanese telco NTT Communications partnered with Toyota to build a global data center network for connected-car data and to research the best ways to design such a network. Ford is building a $200 million data center in Flat Rock, Michigan, specifically in response to the deluge of data it expects connected cars to generate.

    BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer told the crowd at the Berlin auto show:

    “BMW CarData will take the connectivity of our vehicles to a new dimension. Our BMW ConnectedDrive customers will be able to take advantage of new, innovative, and customized third-party services in a quick and easy manner. Protecting vehicle data is part of our understanding of premium in the highly-connected vehicle. This is what customers expect from us. In this way, we are allowing customers to decide what happens with their data. This is precisely the philosophy behind BMW CarData.”

    Buzz words aside, it seems like a good idea.

    About 8.5 million BMW vehicles already have the built-in SIM card required to use the system. All that’s needed to gain free use of the feature is to register through the company’s online ConnectedDrive portal. After that, the car’s owner decides with whom and how to share their data “with the click of a mouse.” Service providers using the system must be registered with BMW CarData and they will only receive the data they need to perform the authorized service. All data transfers are encrypted.

    “For customers, CarData means security, transparency and control over data from your own car, combined with the many benefits of customized services,” Schwarzenbauer said.

    Eventually, BMW sees CarData moving into other areas, such as the infotainment and smart home arenas.

    The connected-car platform will utilize IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service called Bluemix to securely and rapidly transfer encrypted vehicle data to these customer-authorized third parties, while giving them the intelligence and cloud tools needed to build customized offerings.

    “We will integrate Bluemix with the data APIs from BMW CarData,” an IBM spokesperson explained to Data Center Connection. “This will enable third parties to develop new services on top of this by using the full catalog of 150 plus microservices in IBM Bluemix. This is including the Watson services which are available in Bluemix.”

    Big Blue evidently sees this as opening a door of opportunity, as the company says it will also act as a neutral server for extended vehicle access that will include vehicles from automakers other than BMW.

    “The concept of a neutral server fosters innovation by establishing a single point of contact for multiple parties to access vehicle data from various manufacturers, thereby reducing integration cost whilst ensuring fair competition,” said Dirk Wollschlaeger, a general manager with IBM’s global automotive department.

    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...in-ibms-cloud/

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    The Race To Monetize Vehicle Data Gets More Crowded as BMW Hooks Up With IBM





    More than 8.5 milllion BMWs on the road today are equipped with built-in telematics that support the CarData platform.

    Sam Abuelsamid
    June 14, 2017

    As cars and trucks get ever more packed with sensors and connectivity, they are already generating tens of gigabytes of data per hour and will soon be producing terabytes per hour. In this modern world, data is often deemed as good as gold, just ask Google and Facebook. That’s why everyone connected to the auto industry is scrambling to figure out ways to make a business out of data with the latest being BMW and IBM. The two are partnering up on the automakers CarData platform.

    Over the past year we’ve seen a bunch of announcements of automotive data ventures from Ford’s acquisition of Silicon Valley software company Pivotal to develop FordPass to Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Marketplace to Delphi’s investment in Otonomo. Like each of these CarData is designed to be a platform that aggregates data from driver’s vehicles and makes it available to third-party service providers.

    Over the next several years as telematics become increasingly ubiquitous, it’s likely that the companies in this space will experiment with a variety of models for making money from Data. As the company that has been doing telematics longer than anyone, OnStar will likely keep everything in-house, just as relative newcomer Ford seems to be doing with FordPass, building platforms and interfaces that service providers can plug into. Ericsson and Delphi/Otonomo are providing white-label services that OEMs that can utilize if they don’t want build and manage their own.

    BMW and IBM seem to be doing more of the latter model with raw information from customers that opt-in, being anonymized and then passed into IBM’s BlueMix cloud platform. BMW is pilot partner for IBM’s platform. Once IBM has it, the Watson IoT system will be used to analyze the data, gain insights and make it available to suitable third-party providers.

    Last week at the TU-Automotive conference in Detroit, Heini Schulz, BMW North America ConnectedDrive services manager described CarData which launched in Europe a few weeks ago. Roughly 8.5 million BMW vehicles on the road today have built-in telematics systems that can operate with CarData. Once a customer opts-in, a wide variety of information about the state of vehicle systems, how the car is driven and where it goes can be made available to the platform.

    So far 10 service providers have signed up to use the CarData platform although none yet are insurance companies. Schulz explained that while insurers are expected to be one of the main businesses that utilize the platform to provide usage-based insurance pricing, like many large companies they have complex approval processes that will take some time to verify that everything is properly secured. Other types of providers that are expected to use the service are smart parking systems that enable drivers to find, reserve and pay for parking in advance, repair shops and media streaming companies.

    For the automakers and platform providers, the goal is to share in some of the revenue from third-parties. This could happen by taking a percentage of a sale much smartphone app stores do, or perhaps through some sort of subscription model. Over the long-term, these platforms could be extended to support autonomous mobility services as well.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabue...s-up-with-ibm/

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