[BigDataEurope (BDE) SC4 and the AutoMat project have established a cooperation, as both focus on big data in the transport sector. AutoMat consortium member Victor Corral (ATOS) already participated in the workshop, organised by BDE SC4, in September to present the project. Now, he has kindly contributed a blog entry. Soon, a BDE entry will also be published on the AutoMat website. Watch this space for updated information.]
By Victor Corral (written on 28th November 2017)
The link between BigDataEurope and AutoMat
After the presence of AutoMat in the BDE SC4 Workshop on Transport in Brussels, both projects have talked about the opportunity to exchange concrete technical knowledge, especially about the implications of integrating “Other data sources” (data coming from Open Data portals, Social networks, Meteo, Police, etc.) inside the Vehicle Big Data Marketplace (VBMP) of AutoMat. It will facilitate the integration of the (future) features required into the current platform architecture of the marketplace. The objective is that the data indexed in the VBMP may be enriched by aggregating data of third sources. AutoMat is trying to promote the transfer of knowledge from the Transport pilot of BDE to Atos because it will increase the number of data sources and improve the cross-sectorial exploitation capacity of the VBMP.
AutoMat has also offered the opportunity BDE Pilots to use the SDK/API developed in the VBMP to demonstrate the possible business value of using the vehicle data within their Use Cases.
The AutoMat Project
The idea of AutoMat is to develop an open vehicle big data platform to gather data from various brands and different cars all over Europe. Concretely, VW, Renault and CRF have joined their efforts to discover the vehicle big data business potential through the development of an open vehicle big data platform, the Vehicle Big Data Marketplace (VBMP), led by Atos and which allows Cross-Sectorial Service Providers to get access to harmonized and brand-independent vehicle big data.
However, in order to achieve this goal, AutoMat has tackled one of the biggest challenges in the big data landscape for the automotive industry, which is related to the requirement of Services Providers to have access to vehicle big data in a harmonized and brand-independent format. This is only possible through, the Common Vehicle Information Model (CVIM) lead by TUDO and which allows open access to data by transforming brand-dependent data into brand-independent data, discovering its business potential. The solution will allow cross-sectorial service providers to use the gathered data to gain insights about customer behaviors, preferences and trends in order to provide better quality personalized services, to design targeted marketing strategies, optimize the products, mix or design special offers, enabling novel digital B2B/B2C services and products.
In that sense, existing automotive digital service/products portfolios can be enhanced, contributing to a higher differentiation and strengthening the service providers competitive positioning in the market. The key data economy opportunities offered by AutoMat to Services Providers are described below.
- Get today‘s state-of-the-art information:
- Cheaper / easier to access
- Improved coverage
We are able to make access to vehicle data cheaper than current enterprises, which are involved in data exploitation, allow, as well as to improve the coverage of this information due to the fact that the AutoMat consortium includes some of the leading OEMs in the market, which can obtain information from anywhere in Europe.
- Get the same information in higher:
Based on the innovations applied to the OEM backend systems and vehicle data capturing, combined and enriched with the internal knowledge of the OEMs, we can produce the same information in higher quality, resolution and freshness in order to boost the take-up from cross-sectorial industries.
- New services based on additional information
As we have pointed out, the information will allow third parties to enhance their current product and service portfolio, adapting the features and deployment of them, taking into account the specific interests of vehicle drivers and offering ad-hoc solutions that will improve the driving experience in multiple ways.
How can Service Providers connect to the Vehicle Big Data Marketplace?
Through the AutoMat Software Development Kit (SDK) which provides a set of software tools that allow the creation of applications based on Marketplace data. SDK allows access to large scale vehicle datasets in a cost-efficient manner. We have also developed an API library that reduces the technical gap for Service Providers. It allows simple and easy interactions with the existing server backend. It supports automated built environments, which help Service Providers quickly adapt to changes and support continuous integration.
The release of the final version of the VBMP and SDK will be publicly available before April 2018. Currently, the full car-to-cloud data transfer via the AutoMat Marketplace is being tested and improved.
Stay tuned for more automotive big data news from AutoMat by following the project on Twitter @AutoMatProject or visiting http://www.automat-project.eu/