Imagine stepping into a car that recognizes your facial features and begins playing your favorite music. A pair of gloves that knows the history of your vehicle from the time of its inception as a lone chassis on the factory floor. A vehicle that detects the relevancy of upcoming road signs and displays them on your dashboard. I’m continuously amazed at the Intel Internet of Things (IoT) innovation happening in the automotive industry today.
Moments ago, I stepped off the keynote stage at Automobil Elektronik Kongress where I showed examples of Intel RealSense technology collaborations with Jaguar Land Rover, discussed Intel’s strategy for a next-generation software-defined cockpit and demonstrated an Intel technology-based professional-grade wearable for use in automobile manufacturing. It was an opportunity to highlight how Intel and our customers are driving consumer technologies into automotive innovation.
In fact, Intel is working with several automotive leaders including Magneti Marelli, Harman, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA), Ford and GM to deliver on this promise. I’d like to thank Elmar Frickenstein, senior vice president for electrics, electronics, and driver environment, BMW Group, for his gracious invitation to speak at one of the world’s leading automotive industry events. His invitation shows that our ecosystem partners are relying on Intel not only for foundational technologies, but as an IoT leader driving rapid and impactful automotive innovation.
Intel and BMW have been collaborating to deliver innovative solutions to the automotive industry for some time now. BMW’s ConnectedDrive system with Intel Inside is just one example of these efforts.
Let’s take a look at a few of the key Intel-supported innovations announced today.
Jaguar Land-Rover and Intel RealSense Technology
Today, Intel and Jaguar Land Rover demonstrated the next step for Intel RealSense technology in automobiles. We have all heard that the car is the ultimate consumer device. To that end, we are making bold investments in 3D, which blends reality with the digital world through Intel RealSense technology.
I shared the stage with a Range Rover that has early integration work using both Intel RealSense technology and wireless charging technologies. As I approached the driver’s side door the car scanned my face for recognition before unlocking the door. Since I am on a secured profile list, it also welcomed me inside and began playing my favorite songs — all without me having to do a thing! See for yourself what’s possible using Intel RealSense technology and your car.
A Software-Defined Cockpit Built on Intel Technology
The consolidation of cluster displays with in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems is what we call a software-defined cockpit. This approach seamlessly merges IoT-connected experiences, both inside and outside the vehicle, into a centralized communications, command, and control console that automatically conforms to the needs of individual drivers. This transition to a more connected driving experience creates new opportunities for infotainment, customizable user interfaces, and enhanced safety features. It’s an exciting time for the industry, even more so with next-gen Intel virtualization and security technologies leading the way.
ProGlove: A Factory-Enabled Wearable Built on Intel Edison
We also shared a professional wearable solution that could improve the vehicle assembly process in the factory. Former employees of BMW and IDEO collaborated to build ProGlove, which is built on Intel Edison and was a finalist in the Intel Make It Wearable challenge. The sensor-laden glove improves factory efficiency by recognizing the vehicle parts the wearer is assembling. Since the ProGlove has a scanner built in, assembly workers no longer have to stop and scan each part before it goes into a vehicle. The revolutionary glove also provides feedback throughout the assembly process to strengthen quality control. As a result, assembly line workers don’t have to walk back to a terminal display to verify or log the steps performed, a step-saving measure that increases speed and efficiency. Even after a vehicle leaves the factory, ProGlove can scan the VIN number at the dealership or the repair shop, revealing the entire history of the vehicle.
Moore’s Law: Driving Success for 50 Years
This year is special for Intel, marking the 50th anniversary of Founder Gordon Moore’s prediction that integrated circuits would continue to double in power and performance every couple of years. Today, we see that impact throughout the IoT, including in the evermore-connected automotive industry. With the help of Moore’s law and strong IoT ecosystem collaboration, Intel is delivering technology that supports the trajectory of the automobile industry’s rapid course to success.
As we pave the road forward to IoT at an ever-quickening pace, it’s a good idea to reflect on the past. This year is special for Intel, marking the 50th anniversary of Founder Gordon Moore’s prediction that integrated circuits would continue to double in power and performance every couple of years. Today, we see that impact throughout IoT, including in the evermore-connected automotive industry. With the help of Moore’s law and strong IoT ecosystem collaboration, Intel is delivering technology that supports the trajectory of the automobile industry’s rapid course to success.
Next-Gen Driving, Brought to You by Intel IoT
Clearly, the driving force of collaborative IoT innovation is impacting all industries, especially automotive. Building on these most recent advancements announced today, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with industry leaders to bring cutting-edge technology to the automobile at a pace that meets consumers’ evolving demands. With Moore’s law as our guide, the road ahead knows no limits.
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