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Intel collaborates to power connected transport platform solution

By Vijay Anand - on 1 Jun 2016, 4:10pm

Intel collaborates to power connected transport platform solution

At Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel, Chunghwa Telecom and SanJet technology announced their joint collaboration effort to bring about a connected transportation platform solution that will enable cars with telematics services such as usage-based insurance and interactive fleet management possibilities

Usage based insurance (UBI), isn’t actually new and is in fact something that MSIG in Singapore is running a trial at the moment.

What’s new is that Intel getting in to the game and that could help scale and spur other vendors and solutions to offer options based on the Intel platform. This tripartite collaboration is also a first for Taiwan to venture into such an offering and it the first telematics service offering to be made available in Taipei is for UBI with customized insurance offering based on driving behavior and car usage.

How does this work?

SanJet technologies will be providing the car recorder and On-Board Diagnostics-II (OBD-II) dongle, while Chungwa Telcom will provide big data analytics powered by their cloud facility to analyze and build reference models from the data transmitted by the OBD-II. The OBD-II unit itself will be collecting the car’s various sensor data streams to provide real-time analysis and to quickly take appropriate actions when required. This edge based processing is where Intel’s Atom X3 comes into play and powers SanJet’s OBD-II. Of course, it goes without saying that Intel will also provide the big industry push and support to get this off the ground.

A reference OBD-II on display at Intel's booth.

As such, Intel is providing the building blocks to help produce these leading edge sensor aggregating and processing units (OBD-II) and it’s not in the business of providing the complete end-user solution. The Atom X3 powering the OBD-II will enable higher processing throughput (in the required form factor) than what’s in the market and help power more intelligent services than currently envisioned. Further to that, the x86 architecture means it holds a development advantage with ready tools, development knowledge and know-how to optimize it. Intel Telematics Software Development Kit will also be offered to any vendor hoping to build such edge solutions with Intel’s hardware along with creating secure cloud edge apps. This helps cut out the need for middleware and designing custom frameworks.

Some of the monitoring data that's put together in this driving insights dashboard. We don't think it's a good idea for the Traffic Police to look into this :-x

Depending on who needs to keep tabs, the car's SanJet camcorder live video feed can be accessed.

Intel will be sampling its building blocks for SanJet’s OBD-II next month, following that, the solution will be rolled out through a leading insurance company in Taiwan. More details to follow when the trail launches sometime next quarter.

Further outlook

Other telematics services through repair and maintenance providers are certainly possible, but that will possibly come about much later once the UBI trial in Taiwan has concluded. Looking ahead, this whole connected transport platform solution could one day deliver real-time car vital monitoring or even real-time monitoring of the driver’s health.

Looks like Intel-powered automotive solutions are slowly but surely coming to reality. Intel also claims that the majority of autonomous driving developments are powered by Intel, but we’ve no clear picture of it till the company makes more disclosures. Looks like NVIDIA will be having a tough contender in this scene.

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