Connected Streets Empower Connected Cars

The evolution of the connected car has moved at a clip none of us would have dreamed even just a few short years ago. Recent news has celebrated advances in the technology and reported on the deployment of self-driving cars in American cities like Pittsburgh. And, according to Business Intelligence, over 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021. Like many urban pundits and observers, I’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid and wondering, with the excitement of a 15-year-old boy, how soon until I have my first autonomous…

Usage-Based Car Insurance –
Insurers Hesitate, but it’s Inevitable

Usage-based insurance (UBI) has been gaining ground for some years now, and while the jury is still out on some other domains such as health insurance, results in car insurance are very promising. Nevertheless, not all insurance companies are jumping at the opportunities UBI is presenting: for many, the dual effort of upgrading their technology and reviewing their business models on their own seems all but unmanageable. An implementation partner with expertise in the fields of both IT and actuarial matters can help.  The benefits…

Driving the Digital Vehicle

It’s not just central locking systems, power mirrors or the 18 electromechanical actuators one German luxury car had built into the driver’s seat as early as 1985 – the majority of vehicle processes have been managed electrically/electronically for decades. While today E/E components make up 20% to 40% of manufacturing costs of a car, this proportion is expected to rise to at least 50% in the years to come. This is not just due to the fact that the vehicles’ internal control mechanisms are becoming…

Making the Connected Car a Win-Win-Win Thing

The connected car is the talk of the town – not only among automotive experts. Expectations are manifold: Car owners are looking forward to new information, entertainment offers and new services in general; marketers can’t wait for the Big User Data the connected car is going to generate; urban and traffic planners are already blueprinting automated traffic management systems, and auto makers assure us that the self-driving car is closer around the corner than most of us imagine.

IT Is Now in the Driver’s Seat

Just as new manufacturing techniques and technology innovations led to the industrial revolution a century ago, the automotive industry is again experiencing dramatic shifts in its core business model. Technology-led advances are transforming not only the vehicle itself but also the way it is developed, produced, sold and serviced — to serve changing customer preferences in an ever more competitive world.

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