Ever since cars first became a reality, the appeal of the customary driving experience has dazzled our minds. In any case, as technology advances, our relationship with automobiles has gone through an extreme change. A terrific shining of this shift in the global market is the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the automotive market, where this technology stands to totally change how we interact with vehicles, roads, and the whole transportation system at large. Consider a situation where vehicles can speak with each other, giving drivers real-time alerts about possible hazards on the road ahead. Imagine a driving experience that is customized to your preferences, beginning from music to the most efficient routes to your destination. Such a situation is no longer the stuff of sci-fi; a bright and very tangible reality has arisen out of the union of IoT with the auto world.

To help you better understand the immense potential that lies in front of us, I will now discuss the primary benefits of IoT in the automotive sector. Buckle up and read on.

IoT in the Auto World: A Glimpse

  • The global automotive IoT market is expected to reach a staggering $621.8 billion by 2030 (Precedence Research).
  • IoT-based safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, etc. can potentially prevent nearly 30% of all traffic accidents (NHTSA)
  • A McKinsey study revealed that connected cars can potentially optimize traffic flow by as much as 10%

Benefits of IoT in Automotive Sector:-

  • Connected vehicles: One of the first benefits that comes to mind when thinking of IoT in the auto space is connected vehicles which, in turn, offer myriad benefits of their own. For starters, safety is greatly enhanced as vehicles can communicate with each other as well as infrastructure, exchanging real-time data on hazards, traffic conditions, potential accidents, etc. Driving experiences can also be greatly personalized, with cars adjusting navigation, entertainment features, climate control, etc. -- all based on individual driver profiles and habits.
  • Smart infrastructure: IoT is also conducive to smart infrastructure, bringing numerous advantages such as dynamic parking management. Then there are also intelligent intersections and roads that communicate with vehicles, adjusting traffic lights according to real-time traffic volume, thus reducing congestion and delays. Oh, and let us not forget the environmental monitoring via sensors embedded in roads and bridges to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic patterns among other things.
  • Fleet management: Fleet management likewise profits from IoT innovation, for example, by the means of real-time tracking that permits organizations to keep an eye on fleet location, fuel use, driver behavior, and vehicle status among other things. Other than that, IoT serves to facilitate remote diagnostics, helping mechanics to find and address vehicle issues from far off. This helps cut down both the expense and duration involved in vehicle repair.
  • Predictive maintenance: Using sensor-based diagnostics, companies can gather data about engine functionality, tire pressure, and other such relevant factors through the vehicle to proactively find potential issues. Plus, scheduled maintenance guided by real-time data analysis facilitates timely repairs, preventing unexpected breakdowns as well as longer vehicle life. Lastly, this proactive way to deal with maintenance brings about huge cost savings and that, in turn, are achieved by preventing significant repairs and minimizing downtime.

Final Words
To say the least, the emergence of IoT in the automotive sector has helped introduce a new age of efficiency and innovation. From better safety features to personalized driving experiences and streamlined fleet management, the advantages are abundant and clear. As companies continue to embrace such advancements, the industry stands poised to transform our experiences and engagement with vehicles for the better.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.