Otonomo expands connected car data ecosystem


The automotive data services platform developer is collaborating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to increase the use of car data in the European Union.

Automotive data services platform Otonomo has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to receive aggregated data from connected FCA vehicles for smart cities applications, mapping, traffic planning, and other solutions.

The ultimate aim is to deliver new use cases to support the decrease of congestion and pollution in urban environments driven by Otonomo’s de- identified data. The collaboration has begun with data from selected models located across the European Union and is expected to expand as new makes and models embed connected technologies.

Ingests automotive data

According to Otonomo, its automotive data services platform ‘ingests’ automotive data from multiple OEMs, then “secures, reshapes, and enriches” such data in a de-identified form to meet GDPR provisions, as well as other global privacy requirements. Application and service providers are then able to use it to develop new and innovative offerings.

Service providers will have access to crowd data from FCA vehicles including GPS coordinates, acceleration events, vehicle speeds, light status, and engine health indicators through Otonomo’s platform, along with data from other automotive manufacturers.

A key function performed by the platform, Otonomo reports, is to offer to OEMs data de-identification and aggregation solutions with different levels of support. The Otonomo Blurring engine employs a combination of blurring techniques that may change depending on the intended use of car data. This increases the value of the data while protecting car owners’ privacy.

“Otonomo has long focused on building an ecosystem around car data that’s open and inclusive,” said Ben Volkow, chief executive officer and founder of Otonomo.

“Our agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles represents a big step forward and will create new value for all participants: service providers, individual drivers, municipalities, and society.”

Otonomo said its automotive data services platform fuels an ecosystem of OEMs, fleets and more than 100 service providers. It claims the platform securely ingests some 2.6 billion data points per day from more than 20 million global connected vehicles.

Use cases include emergency services, mapping, EV management, subscription-based fuelling, parking, predictive maintenance, usage-based insurance, media measurement, in-vehicle package delivery, and dozens of smart city services.

With an R&D centre in Israel and a presence in the US, Europe, and Japan, Otonomo reports it collaborates with 12 industries to transform their businesses with car data.

Source: smartcitiesworld.net

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