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Peugeot Citroen taps IBM for connected car offering

Citroën plans to use software giant IBM’s Big Data, Analytics and MobileFirst solutions to provide customised connected car offerings in new vehicles

French car manufacturer Peugeot Citroën plans to use software giant IBM’s Big Data, Analytics and MobileFirst solutions to provide customised connected car offerings.

Peugeot Citroën is working with IBM to collect vast amounts of data from cars, phones, traffic signals and other sources which the two firms intend to analyse in real time.

Drivers will also be able to access sources of information, such as improved weather updates via onboard sensors of temperature, lights and windscreen wipers in Peugeot Citroën cars.

“This innovation and collaboration with IBM is expected to offer new and essential services for both drivers and passengers,” said Brigitte Courtehoux, director of cars and connected services business unit for PSA Peugeot Citroën.

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There has been a host of connected car announcements this month. Apple kicked off the month’s trend with the announcement in early march of Apple CarPlay, which will be available on select new cars in 2014 and the firm claims it will be a smarter and safer way for consumers to use their iPhone in the car. US operator AT&T then revealed plans to develop an in-vehicle video service as part of its connected car offering and was followed by Vodafone, which struck a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles, starting with new Audi models from 2015.

Most recently, Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) initiated a pilot project that will send road condition information from individual vehicles to a cloud-based system to improve public safety.

 

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