Although technology is moving fast and we may be approaching widespread hovercrafts or personal spaceships, we’re still transporting ourselves on wheels pretty much everywhere. Whether a motorcycle or a smart car, our autos get us from place to place and keep the economy moving. But the Internet of Things is opening up new possibilities in the ways we can stay connected even when we’re in our vehicles.
IoT devices in cars can help users save energy, check their driving habits, save money, know when they need to make repairs, and stay focused on the road.
These ten IoT automotive companies are making our roadways safer and way, way cooler.
RideLogic uses a three part system to provide motorcyclists with in-depth information about their bike and riding habits. RideLogic plugs into the on-board diagnostic port and connects with the user’s smartphone via the companion app. Once everything is connected, the user’s smartphone fits into the waterproof case and charging port on the handlebar for convenience.
Atooma has created Resonance, an IoT-connected artificial intelligence personal assistant. Resonance can integrate with household, vehicle, and navigation resources to provide optimized living, driving, and destination suggestions and controls.
Resonance can user a smart thermostat to reduce the HVAC output at a user’s home if they are out, and then turn it back to normal when the user is headed back to their house.
DashRoad is a plug-and-play smart vehicle management and driver analytics tool that users can implement to save money on their car insurance with partners of DashRoad. The DashRoad blackbox plugs into the on-board diagnostic port and then projects vehicle information to the appropriate devices.
Since DashRoad uses a SIM-enabled networking setup, there is no need to use DashRoad only with a connected vehicle. Vehicles made since 1996 should all be compatible.
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CarIQ connects users with information about their vehicle, insurance, and, if the garage of choice is a member of the GarageConnect program, track their vehicle’s service status and pay their bill from the CarIQ app.
CarIQ gives users the freedom to renew car insurance on the go and gives them a driving score based on the efficiency of the vehicle.
Evoke Motorcycles has refined their street motorbike to a simplicity that reduces maintenance costs and reduces the potential for user error. Evoke motorcycles operate on an electric engine, with both brakes on the handlebars and significantly better throttle response when compared with similar traditional bikes.
CarFit is a vehicle monitoring system that uses a single sensor placed behind the steering wheel to monitor vibrations and impact. CarFit will let drivers know when they are driving below optimal efficiency or part of their car need to be serviced or replaced. CarFit monitors the performance of car equipment such as shocks, struts, tires, and more.
CarFit helps drivers maximize their vehicle life and fuel economy while simultaneously minimizing repair costs proactively.
Xesol Innovation is helping to progress vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication through the use of their driving assistance systems (ADAS), artificial intelligence, and on-vehicle telemetry systems. Xesol Innovation focuses on incorporating emerging technologies to ensure that they remain at the forefront of innovation and can help establish new standards in sustainability and efficiency.
Xesol Innovation incorporates artificial intelligence to let their ADAS system adapt to the environment before a crisis arises.
Commsignia is developing advanced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communication systems to create a much safer driving environment. Commsignia uses a hybridized V2X and ADAS set of safety applications, incorporates their own security protocols, and ensures that their systems can integrate with virtually any vehicle or roadside device.
Commsignia has a large strength in that it is hardware and operating system agnostic, so it can function on real-time data regardless of the platform it is running on.
SnapBack is using touchless sensing data and hand gestures to improve the hands-free operating environment. Now SnapBack lets operators use hand gestures at a distance instead of having to speak and potentially repeat themselves, or handle the task manually. Handling tasks manually can be very risk, dangerous, and potentially expensive if done while driving.
SnapBack uses the operators’ smartphones to capture and analyze the gesture data and determine which action to perform–be it skipping songs with a wave of the hand or opening navigation with a snap.