How the Connected Car will change the Used Car Market

One of the things that the emerging world of big data will make possible is to know detailed history on everything. This will have profound impacts on selling ‘pre-loved’ items in general and used cars in particular. With the US used car market valued at around $400bn annually, this is worth noting.

Today, the used car market is – naturally – keen to know the history of the car. However, the way in which this is communicated is still quite limited: in some places a log book containing service history is the norm, other more sophisticated variants include carfax, which tracks odometer readings and reported crashes or, for example, the national database in Sweden which makes information on a car’s annual inspection available. While these do capture some key points in the story of the car, obviously having the full story rather than a set of snapshots can give a more comprehensive view.

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Control of the In Car experience using SmartDeviceLink

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is mobile-auto interaction technology which was originally devised by Ford (as an evolution of Applink) but is currently being developed under the auspices of the GENIVI alliance. This is a very interesting technology in the mobile-auto interaction space and we decided to check it out in Carmesh.

While details relating to the technology itself are somewhat in flux and the subject of the discussions within the GENIVI alliance, the basic ideas are reasonably clear. Essentially, SDL comprises of a set of standardized messages which can enable the car and the mobile to exchange state and control information. For example, it’s possible for the mobile to display specific text or images on the car dashboard, control audio playout on the car’s sound system and receive notifications when buttons on the steering wheel are pressed; in future, it should be possible to send specific Points Of Interest from the phone to the car’s navigation system amongst other things.

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Carmesh Implementation Stories (#3): Adding Geolocation to PiUi

One of the applications we’re working on in Carmesh is a Raspberry Pi based data logger. The architecture of the system is that the RPi is connected to the OBD-II interface and provides a simple web-based interface to OBD-II state to any interested clients. In our case, we will write a mobile app which will avail of this.

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Connected Car: The Carmesh Vision

The vision for the Connected Car is to bring the Internet into the car, adapting to the specifics of that environment. While the term was coined some time ago, it is often unclear what is meant by the Connected Car: here we outline the Carmesh vision for the Connected Car and some of the issues that arise.

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The Connected Car at Google IO

While the automotive sector is very definitely not the main focus at Google IO, there were some announcements there that are of interest to the Connected Car sector. Here, I highlight three specific items that were discussed at the conference.

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The Mercedes on display at Google IO

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Is Automotive Cloud a game changer for the auto industry?

Today’s automotive market faces significant challenges in the current economic context and many car manufacturers are taking advantage of the latest ICT solutions to stand out from the competition. Advances in cloud computing and mobile communication technologies enable the vision of the always connected car which offers many new possibilities to the auto industry. In this blog post I will focus on explaining the benefits of cloud computing to the automotive industry and consumers alike.

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Facebook Graph Search – How can the in car mobile app benefit?

Recently Facebook launched beta version of Graph Search service for English-language users from the U.S. Graph search is a search engine that provides personalized results, taking into account the an individual’s relationships, ultimately returning objects within the Facebook Open Graph. Here, we consider how this may be used in the vehicular context.

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Developers and the Auto Industry: A Difficult Courtship

The automotive industry is increasing its efforts to reach out to developers. Examples of this include the launch of Ford Applink at CES – a solution which enables mobile apps to be controlled via the car interface and GM Developer Portal, also launched at CES. Other examples include efforts to engage with the hackathon world by, for example BMW and Ford.

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