IoT and the 3 phases of the connected car
Sachin Mahajan, TELUS

IoT and the 3 phases of the connected car
Sachin Mahajan, TELUS

The connected car has arrived and with it, M2M solutions that are literally changing the way people and cars interact.

Phase 1 of the connected car started with basic integration between your car and your wireless device, allowing you to play music or get GPS directions on your car stereo, via Bluetooth.

Phase 2 includes technologies that collect and report data like UBI. Thanks to a new Machine-To-Machine (M2M) technology called User Based Insurance (UBI), the insurance company would provide a small device to plug into the diagnostic port of a car. This device would monitor how and when you drive and upload the data to the insurance company.

Instead of basing a premium on a generic profile of a young man living in a large city, they could base it on real information about Sachin Mahajan. The UBI device would can report that you don’t exceed the speed limit and hardly ever drive during rush hour.

Phase 3 will be even more exciting. Soon, your car will do more than tell you when it needs servicing. It’ll be able to make the appointment for you, and remind you to take it in. Your car will also become its own wireless hotspot, allowing you to work anywhere on your Wi-Fi enabled tablet or laptop, or stream music directly to your audio system without going through your smartphone.

How M2M can save millions:

Phase 3 is already here in some ways, and there’s one example that demonstrates its power. A while ago, Tesla, the leading electric car manufacturer, needed to change one of the features accessible to owners. This feature allows the driver to lower the car for better aerodynamics, but at its lowest level, the vehicle was more susceptible to hitting objects in the road. Traditionally, a fix would have meant a recall that could have cost millions. But Tesla simply issued an online update that was fed to every car when the owner plugged it in for overnight charging. Within a day or two, and at minimal cost, the lowest available level on every one of those cars was half an inch higher. You can read about it here.

Looking at it from the point of view of a technology enthusiast, the connected car is a dream come true, made possible by the incredible advances in M2M technology and capabilities. I predict that in the very near future, we’re going to see things most people can’t even imagine.