Ongoing changes within the automotive sector are helping to overhaul the industry like never before.
Central to that change is the role of artificial intelligence (AI), with industry analysts predicting that AI will significantly alter the known rules within the mobility sector and open up significant channels of growth.
Recent news such as Uber’s interest in a driverless fleet, to Toyota’s $1 billion investment in AI-based self-driving technology suggests an ever-growing appetite from key stakeholders within the industry. The partnership between graphic chipmaker Nvidia and car manufacturers Uber and Volkswagen further validates this claim.
And while many people may only think of driverless cars when it comes to artificial intelligence, there are in fact a great array of other automotive uses for the emerging technology.
We know driverless vehicles are coming, as the technology within the autonomous sector continues to develop at an unprecedented rate.
And while industries like Tesla and Uber are leading the way, many other manufacturers are preferencing ‘driver-assist features’ in favour of fully autonomous vehicles. Think automatic braking, pedestrian and cyclist alerts, intelligent cruise controls, and collision avoidance systems as some of the lesser features that are powered by AI.
Internet of Things
According to Ignite Outsourcing there will be nearly 250 million cars connected to the internet by 2020. The role of ‘Internet of Things’ technology could see over-the-air software updates, sending of performance data, and the use of telematics to better report and calculate efficiency for fleets.
The opportunity of the internet will help to make driving safer, more convenient and virtually limitless.
Further AI technology will see our cars become less about vehicles and modes of transport and more about shared and social connective services.
The use of WiFi hotspots and geo-fencing will allow vehicles to connect with other vehicles to reduce crashes by informing them of what they are doing. Parents could keep aware of where their child is driving, or if they drive above a certain speed.
It looks like Big Brother will certainly be watching in the future.
How do you imagine artificial intelligence will affect the fleet industry? Is your organisation ready to commit to this emerging technology?