Internet of Vehicles

Tomasz Bednarz on April 20, 2020

A distributed network of vehicles create the Internet of Vehicles IoV (Wu, 2016; WhatIs, 2019) with data contributed by connected cars.

IoV supports various types of network communications: Intra-Vehicle (intranet of car), Vehicle to Vehicle (wireless exchange of data between vehicles), Vehicle to Infrastructure (car talking to roads, roadside units), Vehicle to Cloud (communication with external APIs, e.g. AI engine), Vehicle to Pedestrian (communication with pedestrians and cyclists).

With the natural evolution of 5G technology, online services for vehicles will be substantially enhanced enabling optimization of traffic, appropriate alerting systems, making roads safer, vehicles always properly functional. All of those enhanced by AI platforms in the clouds.

There are immense opportunities for the technological solutions to make this world fully automated, making our lives safer, more convenient, but also enabling creation of new businesses.

Some of those technologies already enables evolution of amazing driverless cars (TED, 2011). IoV technology can be used to save lives and substantially reduce traffic accidents. Even in Australia, there is a promise of such future (Ferrone, 2019) - “by 2040, it’s predicted 4 out of every 10 vehicles on Australian roads will be autonomous”.

Obvious expansion of those capabilities can be used in optimizing road space. Cars can pack the roads more densely, without worrying about accidents when Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication is daily live. Traffic based on car data will be even more optimized compared to solutions such as Google Maps. Marketers will be able to utilize also data about location of cars for prospective targeted marketing purposes.

When are we going to see autonomous Uber?