The Road to CES 2019

The Road to CES 2019

Geoff Aucoin Tech

CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to be in attendance at the largest and most influential technology event on the planet. The annual consumer technology association conference gives us a chance to connect with partners like Aptiv, QNX and others to catch a glimpse of where investment in the auto industry is going in the coming year. So, in anticipation of CES we’ve put together a list of the auto technology trends that have us excited going into 2019.

Partnering for Roadmap Acceleration

More and more companies are becoming multi-faceted with the products and services they provide, and the methods that help them succeed. This can be seen in Ford’s push to become a software and tech company. The industry is evolving at a rapid pace, with many companies switching focus from pure manufacturing to mobility services, and keeping up with consumer demands as well as innovating new tech and services requires a diverse skill set. Timelines are tight, and many of these skills may not be core to these businesses – which is why Partnering for Roadmap Acceleration has become critical for the industry at large. More than ever, auto companies are turning to strategic partners like Lixar for their data and roadmap acceleration needs.

For partners who are looking to compliment their team to increase their bandwidth and accomplish more, we embed within their operations and provide Roadmap Acceleration – helping clients deliver in tight timeframes and speeding up the development cycle so they can prove quickly for success. For those who have droves of data but no solution, we offer Data Realization & Transformation – we assess our clients’ data inventory, create a roadmap, and apply AI and ML solutions. With this package, we’ve helped leading OEM’s and Tier 1s gain insights and intelligence, as well as unlock true efficiencies through ML, AI and Cloud Computing. And for those forward-thinkers that have a revolutionary idea but lack the resources to make it so, we offer an R&D Validation Driver to take that idea from proof-of-concept to market.

Cloud is the Connector

Cloud technology is the connector for the auto industry, not only to drive deep AI-driven insight into connected car analytics, but also as a platform for cloud-based automobile subscription services. The average car is parked about 85% of the time, leading auto providers to look toward a new model that will change the way we think about mobility. In the near future, automotive brands will move toward a service that allows users switch between multiple cars for a single preset price that covers the use of the vehicle, insurance, maintenance, licensing, and taxes. Cloud computing and infrastructure will become more important than ever in terms of how users engage with their vehicles and how operations optimize their fleets.

Electrification and Automation are Here

Five years ago, the idea of autonomous and electric vehicles seemed a long way off from realization. But the industry has made tremendous strides, and these technologies began to see fruition in 2018. Stalwart brands like Audi and GM are releasing electric vehicles as their flagship cars and are continuously moving toward self-driving automotives. But, for all the hype around this new tech, what gets us most excited is the backbone of these innovations: data. Data and AI are everything for the autonomous vehicle – they need to make real-time decisions based on collected data to ensure safety and efficiency, and learn from historical data to avoid potentially dangerous situations. From an electric perspective, data is crucial as well – real-time metrics are key for optimal user experience vehicle health. As a premiere data and AI company, we’re thrilled to work with our auto partners on the bleeding-edge of this transformation.

Driving New User Experiences

With the connected car came a whole new set of user expectations. Data collection and visualization is front and center – in the head unit of every connected car are real-time diagnostics on vehicle health and driving habits. Going back to the idea of mobility as a service, technologies like Machine Vision, Machine Learning and AI are being used to give unparalleled personalization. Imagine entering a subscription vehicle to have temperature, seat, and other settings automatically adjust in your presence, based on a personal ID assigned to you by the company.

Again, what excites us about this trend are the nuts and bolts: these services require a complex integration of disparate data sources, the set up of multiple data pipelines, analysis of that data, and the application AI and ML models to work seamlessly. This is challenging work in which we excel, and we’re looking forward to using our skills to accelerate our automotive partners’ in the new year.

To facilitate this kind of setup, we offer our partners a Data Discovery Accelerator, which puts clients on the road to data-driven success. In a two week timespan, we perform an on-site data workshop, including analysis and recommendations. We then follow up with an action plan and session report, in which our experts lay your your data roadmap with concrete steps to leverage your data become AI-Ready. This is challenging work in which we excel, and we’re looking forward to using our skills to accelerate our automotive partners’ in the new year.

Lixar’s Anthony Ferrante, George Logaras, and Paul Dostaler will be at CES from January 8th-11th 2019. If you’re in Vegas, reach out to them – they’re always happy to talk roadmap acceleration, data, auto technology and more. Contact: data@lixar.com.