The automotive world is entering one of the most dynamic periods in history. The pressure on bringing to the market automated vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, next-generation electric cars, and software-first strategies accelerates the transition. At the same time, automotive companies invest in building connected vehicle systems to leverage easy internet access, omnipresent mobile devices, and connected car infrastructure to deliver new mobility solutions.
Working with automotive enterprises on building connected vehicle technologies, experts from Grape Up, an automotive software development consulting company, explain that connected vehicles are critical to seize the opportunities of a software-driven revolution.
Connected vehicle ecosystem
A modern vehicle has become the smartphone of this decade. Like smartphones years before, a car is a platform armed with multiple systems, applications, and features that can be added in a rapid way. All these solutions enhance connectivity and enable communications with various devices.
The vehicle environment can be described by V2X – vehicle to everything – vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-devices, vehicle-to-home, vehicle-to-pedestrians, vehicle-to-grid. In the center of that are vehicles using connected car technology and software enabling data and information exchange.
What the automotive market gains with connected vehicles
While investing their resources into building a software-first culture, automotive companies aim to achieve numerous benefits. Connected cars provide access to data that can be turned into significant improvements – both in product development and customer experience.
Connect car software enables automotive enterprises to deliver numerous innovative solutions and services, such as remote diagnostics, adaptive cruise control, roadside assistance, intersection movement assist tools, emergency responders, monitoring of traffic jams, parking lot availability monitoring, management tools for fleets of trucks, and limitless infotainment options.
Connected vehicle technology enables the automotive industry to improve driver experience, unlock new revenue streams, and explore new business models. Connected devices have a positive impact on public safety (help to avoid accidents, inform effectively about speed limits, encourage drivers to adjust to the local laws, etc.), security (location data help to tackle a stolen vehicle accident, alert if something suspicious happens), and offering development.
Software development consulting for connected vehicle services
Approaching the era of connected and self-driving cars, automotive companies work on building the in-house expertise necessary to deliver cutting-edge software. On the way to speed up the transition, they collaborate with proven software-delivery experts. Being one of these consulting companies, Grape Up helps top car manufacturers and rental service providers prototype, build, and productionize connected car architectures and applications.