The automotive industry is going through a revolution, with business models shifting from the sale of vehicles to the delivery of transportation-related services.
Daimler chose Solace’s message broker to power MQTT and other communications because it is the only technology capable of not just collecting information from tens of millions of vehicles but sending vehicle-specific alerts and instructions to specific cars or groups of vehicles.
Today’s connected car initiatives are in their infancy. Battery limitations have led to services that connect only while the vehicle is on, while 3G/4G networks have limited the amount of data that can be sent between vehicles and back-end systems. Better batteries will let vehicles stay connected all the time, and faster 5G networks will allow the transmission of much more information. These technological advances and the increasingly sophisticated services they enable will drive need for powerful data distribution infrastructure.
Solace has been selected as a key component of a Next-Generation Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system being built for the Singapore LTA. As part of Singapore’s Next Generation ERP system, all vehicles will be equipped with an on-board device that leverages GPS to transmit real-time position, speed and more. Real-time alerts will notify drivers about congestion and suggest alternate routes.
Scaling connected vehicle systems to ensure real-time communications with tens of millions of cars is hard. At the recent TU Automotive show in Detroit, Solace CTO Shawn McAllister discussed the main architectural and operational challenges, and explained how you can overcome them with well-architected event-driven publish/subscribe messaging.
In January 2018, we surveyed 1500 connected car drivers about their attitudes toward connected cars and their willingness to trust this emerging technology. While connected car drivers, are open to incorporating new technology into their driving experience, they are not ready to hand over the wheel. Drivers today prefer technology that has an “influence” rather than a direct impact on their driving. As automobile companies look to invest more in connected and autonomous vehicle technology, they will need to better understand how response times and performance of connected capabilities impacts consumer trust.