We are back at the IBM stand. The future of mobility on rolling IT platforms awaits us. You can see a sleek BMW i8 and the Olli minibus. Externally, the two have very little in common, but they both use of IBM Watson cognitive technologies.
With Watson, the BMW i8 is expected to identify and learn the preferences and habits of its drivers. Specifically for this purpose, BMW and IBM have joined carry out research on and development of the interaction between car and driver at the Munich Watson IoT center. The exchange takes place in spoken language – German or English, Watson doesn’t mind which.
Solution prototypes should soon be running on the IBM Cloud Bluemix platform. The clever copilot is expected, amongst other things, to obtain information about the current traffic situation or read the operating instructions to the driver on request.
Not far from the BMW i8 is Olli – the self-driving minibus developed by the US American company Local Motors. Olli keeps an eye on everything with 30 sensors: Olli finds the correct route and brings up to twelve guests safely to their destination through the use of optical cameras and GPS positioning.
Things are different with Olli: please talk to the driver during the journey. The minibus greets the passengers, provides excursion tips, recommends restaurants and knows whether the sun will shine or if they will have to contend with rain. Colleagues of Olli are already rolling through the streets of Washington, Las Vegas and Miami – and also on a site in Berlin.
By 2020, about 90 percent of new cars will be networked. More than 200 million vehicles, according to the estimate, will then be directly linked, or connected via the driver’s smartphone, with the Internet of Things.
With IBM Watson, the car of the future will find a parking space itself, give early warnings about traffic jams, avoid accidents, register itself for a service and reduce petrol consumption through an intelligent driving style.
Next stop: CeBIT Hanover, hall 2 – IBM stand.
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