Electric car talks to the cloud
Maurice Geraets, senior director of new business, showed off a Mitsubishi electric vehicle that was used as part of the project. The project, he said, allowed the crowd-sourcing of information from vehicles and then presentation of dynamic data back to stakeholders.
The number of ways data can be used is enormous, said Geraets. Aggregated braking information reveals a pattern of traffic congestion, which can be used to provide avoidance advice or to control signage. Aggregated wiper information can be used to reveal where it is raining. Similarly suspension data can reveal the presence of pot-holes in the road accurately and without having to send out inspection crews.
Already similar modules are being used to provide reduced insurance for careful drivers Geraets said that although the exact business model or legislation under which such connected cars would be rolled out was not certain, it was clear that the resource and energy-saving potential of such connectivity would make it desirable.
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A Mitsubishi electric vehicle with fast charging option is one of many vehicles reporting CAN data to the cloud in Eindhoven.
However, de Vries acknowledged that connectivity in automobiles, as with almost all IoT applications, brings concerns about privacy and risks of security, something that NXP also has experience of implementing in terms of secure processing for near-field communications (NFC) applications.
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