The topic of 'connected mobility' is currently very much en vogue when it's a question of new added value in the automotive industry. The protagonists in the mobility sector are repositioning, because 'connected mobility' promises enormous potential. By 2020 the market for connected vehicles is expected to have grown by 45%. There are certainly numerous examples which can be realised in this field. eurodata demonstrates the possibilities offered by these solutions here taking the very simple and graphic example of keeping a drivers' log.
Keeping a drivers' log should actually be quite simple, but in fact it's a very nerve-racking issue. It calls for a lot of discipline, and missing entries often lead to discrepancies and lengthy discussions. A lot of repetitive manual operations are required to keep a drivers' log properly. What is more, the classical drivers' log reaches its limitations when more complex data analyses are required, because these would call for elaborate maintenance on the part of the user himself. Digitalisation and, to an even greater extent, connectivity and automation, make this a whole lot simpler.
Some digitalisation processes have already established themselves, but there is still a need for improvement if the user is to get a genuine advantage.
The eurodata smart service solution incorporates a modern data integration system which connects up all those involved along the value-added chain. All business data with their different formats and origins come together here, and the business processes are improved effectively by automation of the kind that makes sense.
In recent years, companies have been through many phases of digitalisation. This eurodata smart services solution adds a new dimension which makes it possible to use the whole ecosystem of existing data.
The eurodata smart service solution doesn't just digitalise. It also connects and automatises by connecting the vehicle to the edbic data integration platform. External services such as Google Maps and Map Box can be used to enrich the data with information, for example about fuel stops and fuel prices. In combination with calendar data, this provides a complete picture of all aspects of the use of the vehicle and the user behaviour of the driver. These data constitute a fully automated electronic drivers' log. There's no need for any extra software or apps, because thanks to the connectivity, services with which the user is already familiar and which are already in use are simply connected up together and used as a data source or output medium. In this way the platform communicates with the driver via a chat system (e.g. Slack or WhatsApp) and the dashboard display in the vehicle.
Thanks to this connection with the existing ecosystem, which supplies all the necessary data, the traditional concept of the drivers' log becomes irrelevant. In fact, what began as a drivers' log quickly becomes a driver's ecosystem, in which the focus is not on the car, but on the driver. The car has taken on a role more or less like that of a smart phone – becoming a medium in the driver's ecosystem – and simply incorporated digitally. The focus here is quite clearly on the keyword 'Internet of Things'. That's why we don't just refer to it as a connected car, but rather connected mobility.