Top Otonomo Blogs from 2020

2020 has been a year of challenges and surprises with industry predictions being set aside as the global covid-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social change. In between the lockdowns, workplaces moved to the homes, restaurants and retail took a sharp turn to deliveries, tourism became domestic and the economy’s wheels kept rolling.

We thought you’d find it interesting to look back at the blog posts that our other community members found the most compelling during 2020. Review the posts below and see if there are any you missed. 

This is a perfect opportunity to ask you if there are any topics that you would like us to explore in 2021. Let us know in the comments section below the post.

Otonomo Surveyed Consumers About Privacy, Mobility and Other Concerns

For an ecosystem to develop around connected car data, consumers need to be willing to share their data with automotive OEMs and service providers and trust that their data will be protected. So, we’ve collaborated with SBD Automotive on a new, comprehensive consumer study on car data and privacy in Europe. We surveyed 2,512 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, to explore attitudes and concerns about shared mobility and autonomous vehicles as well  car data sharing, car data apps and services, privacy concerns, and more.

We looked at what European consumers think about connected car data and privacy and how consumers view location data privacy when it comes down to phones versus cars. We also compared the recent European consumer survey with findings from the survey of American car owners fielded in 2018 with regards to the demand for apps based on car data.

Consumers showed solid interest in a selection of services made possible by data from their vehicles and many of them want to actually see their vehicle data for themselves – often.

Download or View the complete survey report about Data-Driven Driving: Shifting into Shared Mobility and Autonomous Cars.

  1. Shared Mobility and Autonomous Cars: New Report Explores Consumer Attitudes and Concerns
  2. How Consumers View Location Data Privacy: Phones Versus Cars
  3. Connected Car Owners Want to See Vehicle Data for Themselves

Taking Fleet Management to The Next Level

The utilization of connected vehicle data is fast becoming a best practice in fleet management due to its proven benefits and quick return on investment.  Most OEMs are already producing vehicles with embedded connectivity and increasing the number of vehicular sensors to generate richer datasets. These datasets can help fleets to remotely monitor more and more aspects of their vehicles’ operation in real-time and benefit from cost efficient and logistically effortless operations. So, is it time to take fleets beyond dongles and black boxes?

As more and more fleets are turning to OEM data to tap into the potential of embedded vehicle data, the Otonomo Vehicle Data Platform offers faster time to fleet connectivity with a quick integration and access to a unified set of attributes across multiple OEM brands. The Otonomo tailored fleet solution offers quick access to valuable embedded vehicle data that drives efficient fleet fuel management and boosts fleet maintenance.

Real-time asset visibility, such as real-time vehicle tracking data, can clearly reflect many of the fleet inefficiencies, so they can be addressed. Real-time, embedded vehicle data boosts fleet productivity with vehicle tracking data within a matter of weeks, while lowering operational costs, reducing emissions, and intercepting vehicle theft.

  1. Is it Time to Take your Fleet Beyond Dongles and Black Boxes?
  2. Faster Time to Fleet Connectivity? Here’s How it’s Done.
  3. Drive Efficient Fleet Fuel Management with Connected Vehicle Data
  4. 5 Ways to Boost Fleet Maintenance Using Connected Vehicle Data
  5.  5 Ways to Boost Fleet Productivity With Vehicle Tracking Data

Aggregate Car Data Empowers Smart Cities and Better Traffic Management

While car data was designed for one purpose—to operate the car generating it—it can support an endless number of novel use cases. For each use case, there is one important distinction: Whether the data it requires is personal data or aggregate data. We explained what’s the difference between aggregate data and personal data and why this distinction matters in this blog post and short video,

Traffic management is a strategic problem for virtually every municipality. Real-time traffic data is constantly gathered from multiple sources to support traffic applications. We’ve looked at the various ways real-time traffic data is collected and described the pros and cons of the most common sources to figure out what are the best real-time traffic data sources.

As more and more vehicles on the road become connected, car data emerge as a very useful and direct source of traffic data. Consequently, connected car data, along with other traffic data sources, is revolutionizing traffic management in urban areas in several ways, described in this 5 ways smart cities use traffic data for traffic management blog post.

Traffic management is just one of the many potential smart city use cases of connected car data. In our blog post bringing smart cities to life with connected car data, we discuss how cities across the world are transforming by making sense of different data sources the city produces and by adopting technologies that improve their citizens’ lives.

Location intelligence applications also rely on aggregate data. Otonomo’s visual geofencing tool enables data scientists and business analysts to take advantage of location-based traffic data generated by connected cars and commercial fleets. Here are 3 ways Otonomo’s geofencing tool can expedite location-based services to gain a deeper understanding of traffic within a specific geographic area.

Otonomo Vehicle Data Platform offers global aggregate data from multiple fleets and OEMs including BMW Crowd Data in Over 44 Countries. BMW Group crowd data includes road sign data, traffic data, parking data, and hazard data.

  1. What’s the Difference Between Aggregate Car Data and Personal Car Data?
  2. What Are the Best Real-TimeTraffic Data Sources?
  3. 5 Ways Smart Cities Use Traffic Data for Traffic Management
  4. Bringing Smart Cities to Life with Connected Car Data
  5. 3 Ways Otonomo’s Geofencing Tool Can Expedite Location-Based Services
  6. BMW Crowd Data: A Path to Innovative Services and Societal Benefits in Over 44 Countries

Protecting Driver Privacy

Today connected cars feature new technologies designed to enhance driving experience and increase safety through real time vehicle data that comes with privacy implications and legal ramifications.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been the single biggest external factor driving change over the last few years. With similar laws and regulations coming into effect in several U.S. states as well as other countries around the world, it’s still top-of-mind for a lot of companies. We looked at how high GDPR awareness really is across European consumers and whether these consumers perceive that it has had an impact on their lives. Read all about this in the GDPR awareness, impact, and the connected car blog post.

In accordance with the European Union’s Regulation (EU) 2018/858, OEMs must be ready to share connected car data with third parties by September 1, 2020. The regulation furthers the concept of the extended vehicle—which encompasses not only the physical vehicle but also the data it generates. This broader concept reflects the tremendous value of car data to transform the automotive industry. In a nutshell, here’s what OEMs and automotive repair companies need to know about the industry’s upcoming requirements – Extended Vehicles: A New EU Regulation-Based Framework for Car Data Access.

In the US, OEMs face a patchwork of state biometric data privacy laws that may apply to data collected and used by new automotive technologies. Our infographic view in the new state privacy laws for OEMS blog post, follows 10 biometric data privacy laws in 9 states that OEMs should be tracking.

  1. GDPR Awareness, Impact, and the Connected Car
  2. Extended Vehicles: A New EU Regulation-Based Framework for Car Data Access
  3. New State Privacy Laws for OEMs

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