Connected Vehicle

Volkswagen uses Splunk ‘big data’ tech for connected car experiment

Published: October 09, 2014 | Germany 

Volkswagen Group revealed how it used Splunk’s data management and analytics platform to underpin an Internet of Things experiment at this year’s CeBit technology conference. Splunk is helping Volkswagen gain insights into its next generation vehicles.

VW established its forward-thinking Lab division with collecting data from 10 connected shuttle vehicles as they drove around the city of Hannover over a five-day period giving free lifts to delegates. A custom-built iPhone app was used to collect data on aspects such as the electric vehicle’s battery status, speed, temperature, and location.

The data was then transmitted “over the air” from the iPhones to a Volkswagen data centre before being passed on to two MacBook Pros and fed into Splunk Enterprise 6.1 beta.

Christian Seidel, project Leader and a Volkswagen Data Lab employee, said that he and his colleagues used Splunk to create a number of dashboards and heat maps.  The heat maps showed things like where cars consumed the most power and where they travelled at the highest speed on average. On one particular day, the team also integrated heart rate monitoring smart watches so they could look at the correlation between speed of the vehicle and the driver’s heart rate. Another variable that the team wanted to monitor was whether people used the shuttle service more when it rained. 

Find out how VW Labs is using Splunk as a platform for insights into driving patterns and outlier behavior in this VIDEO. 


Source: Splunk


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