IBM Collaborates with BMW to Bring Watson IoT Platform to Cars

SDX Central BMW is the first client to collocate with IBM at the Watson IoT headquarters in Munich.

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IBM Collaborates with BMW to Bring Watson IoT Platform to Cars IBM is teaming with BMW to see what role Watson’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform can play in making cars smarter and more intuitive. BMW will collocate a team of researchers and engineers at IBM’s Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany. BMW is the first client to co-locate in IBM’s Watson IoT headquarters. According to Niklaus Waser, head of Watson IoT Europe and leader of IBM's Global Watson IoT Center, the car maker wants to look at how it can personalize the driving experience and create a more intuitive driver support system for BMW cars. “One of the benefits of machine learning is that a car can learn preferences and driving habits,” Waser said. “We can improve the comfort and safety of driving.” Waser said that there will be four BMW hybrid sports cars at the center that are outfitted with Watson. “These are prototypes,” he said. BMW is the first client to collocate with IBM at the Watson headquarters, however IBM is working with other car makers as well. Waser said that IBM is specifically looking at six areas where it sees cars becoming more than just modes of transportation: 1. Self-healing, which is where cars diagnose and fix themselves without human help; 2. Self-socializing, which is when vehicles can connect to other vehicles; 3. Self-learning, which is when cars have cognitive capability and can learn and give advice based upon driver behavior; 4. Self-driving, which is when vehicles are fully automated; 5. Self-configuring, which is when vehicles can adapt to driver preferences; and 6. Self-integrating, when vehicles are integrated with other IoT systems, such as connecting to weather and traffic. In October IBM announced it was investing $200 million to make Munich its global headquarters for Watson IoT business. The company said at the time that it would use the center to develop to new IoT capabilities using a private Blockchain system of coding to structure data and improve IoT security. BMW is the first client to collocate with IBM at the Watson IoT headquarters in Munich.

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