Connected Car Data

These days, cars can be linked wirelessly to a local area network making it possible for it to share internet with other devices that have internet access.

The vehicles’ details are stored in a cloud, also called a back office. The details include speed, the engine’s rotation per minute, its temperature and any faults found.

Car Data has a wide area of application in large cooperatives to set safety standards. Some of its special features are:

  1. Hardware configurations
  2. A full analysis of trips made
  3. Real-time vehicle tracking
  4. Optimized logistics
  5. Monitoring the driver’s conduct giving a summarized report of all incidences of over speeding or any harsh braking and acceleration.

In electric vehicles,

  1. Manages the reserve charge
  2. Provides the current status of the battery
  3. Gives information on whether doors are locked.

Hardware Requirements

The hardware can either have built-in connection systems or brought-in connection systems. The built-in systems are mostly used in setting safety standards while the brought-in systems are majorly focused on a single customer segment.

Other components that you require besides a mobile phone are adaptors, sensors, telematics and a mobile application.

You will find that some hardware that has built-in connection system relies largely on the user’s smartphone for internet access, while others have a propriety internet connection through a GSM module. The GSM module is integrated into the vehicle’s system.

  • Dongles

Dongles are small devices that transfer data from cars to the cloud. It is plugged in the OBD-II port

  • OBDKey

These are small portable scan tools that are used to monitor the vehicle’s state, and diagnose faults. It’s also used to measure the performance of the vehicle.

The OBDkey unit is very easy to use and install for both technicians and car owners. It comes in different versions such as Bluetooth, USB version, and WLAN version.

The Future for Connected Car Data

There is a huge shift in the rate at which cars have become “smart”. A couple of years back cars could not communicate to each other. Right now, it is possible for cars to tell where the other one is at a particular time. This interconnection has helped a lot to improve navigation.

Connectivity has become one of the factors to consider before buying a car, besides its design, safety, and price.

It is predicted that in the near future, the automobile industry will undergo great changes. These changes will be greater than you can even imagine. The transport and information are merging at a very fast rate and car makers are taking advantage of this opportunity to produce advanced digital cars.

Imagine what would happen if Artificial Intelligence and cloud-based data came together to form predictive diagnostic tools. The possibilities are endless! We, however, still have a long way to go before we get to this point. AI and connectivity are the future of integrated cars.

It’s going to take time before we have smart cars driven by cloud computing on a connected highway. Connected car data will be used to map out what routes the cars should follow, to create safer journeys. The funding required to support this kind of infrastructure is enormous.


The opportunities brought about by connected car data are numerous. So far we have made steps towards the ultimate prize that is yet to come. We might take time to get there though. This is because we are still in the early stages of data collection.

Milestones in areas like automated maintenance may seem like small steps but in the real sense, we have come a long way and have an even longer way to go.

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