IBM and Sprint Velocity Team to Launch In-Vehicle Driver Services

IBM and Sprint Velocity Team to Launch In-Vehicle Driver ServicesOur vehicles are getting a whole lot smarter thanks to innovative technologies and groundbreaking partnerships that are taking aim at our experiences behind the wheel.

IBM, for example, announced today that Sprint is using IBM MobileFirst solutions to deliver a “more personalized, responsive connected car experience.”

Through new enhancements to the Sprint Velocity connected vehicle platform, cars can be seamlessly integrated with drivers’ mobile devices and customized to their specific in-vehicle infotainment, security and convenience feature preferences.

Sprint Velocity, an integration solution developed for auto manufacturers, is a pioneering capability that enables automakers around the world to develop and market connected services for cars and passenger trucks.

Based on IBM MessageSight, the Sprint Velocity Service Bus is a new communications architecture that lets smartphones, tablets and other devices communicate through the cloud.The

Sprint Velocity Service Bus can now support enhanced services, including:

  • Mobile Concierge Service: After finishing a meal at a restaurant and searching for a local coffee shop on a smartphone, the directions can be sent to the car’s navigation system, so as soon as the driver turns on the car, the directions will be queued up and ready to go.
  • Automatic Cabin Temperature Adjustments: Temperature sensors in the car automatically adjust cabin settings based on established driver preferences that are stored in the cloud. For example, using a remote auto start on an unusually hot summer day, when the driver enters the car, it will be just the right coolness.
  • Preferred Alternate Routes: An internal navigation system captures route and travel preferences in the cloud and based on time of day and traffic alerts, can suggest alternate routes.
  • Location Tracking: A smartphone app for the driver to quickly find his car, which can be helpful in crowded parking lots.