Autonomous vehicles – Watson IoT helps pave an industry revolution

Even the largest and most forward-looking auto manufacturers today were built around the economics of the 20th century, not the 21st. They followed the codes of Detroit and Tokyo more than those of Silicon Valley. But everyone knew disruption was coming—it was just a matter of when. So when companies like Google, Uber and Tesla grew from startups to tech giants—each one tied very much into the future of transportation—the auto-industrial model moved into the crosshairs, targeted for a serious overhaul.

Consumers, not automakers, will design the great cars of tomorrow

That’s not to say it’s a dinosaur. More than 200 new electric or hybrid models will hit the marketplace within the next three years, and just about every car made today comes loaded with tech-enabled features and services. It’s simply that the business model needs a refresh. Just looking at where major trends in IoT and machine learning are headed, for instance, we’re nearing a time when most vehicles on the road will be talking to (and learning from) not just satellites and your phone, but your home and business, traffic hubs, other cars on the road and many points in between.

The autonomous revolution is emerging

The autonomous revolution is starting to emerge. But cars—and buses, trucks, vans, crossovers and their brethren—will soon require a new kind of power plant inside them to augment the physical one, whether it’s gas, electric, hybrid, hydrogen or some other source providing the horsepower. In brief, they’ll need to get outfitted with an intelligent engine that can juggle the dizzying array of data streams to manage everything from autonomous navigation and safety to entertainment, concierge and business services.

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