Shaping Smart City #1: AutoPi plays an important role in the future of smart cities
What is Smart City?
The 4th Industrial Revolution was first introduced by Klaus Schwab in 2015 and now it is paving the way for the development of Smart Cities. We are talking about a Smart city when advanced urban infrastructures use data to increase living experience for the citizens. You might have heard about smart buildings or grocery ordering refrigerators where gaining data from an individual's routine and robotize their daily tasks allow them a more cost and time efficient way of living. However the new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) in the automation industry is taking urban services to an entirely new level.
What is AutoPi and how it is connected to the smart city?
AutoPi delivers innovative connected car services to enhance and reimagine the driving experience for citizens. AutoPi is working on solutions to make a digital transformation in the automotive industry and build a foundation for human centric mobility services.
AutoPi.io is specializing in IoT hardware devices and extendable cloud platform to securely connect vehicles to the internet and gain data of automotive usage which provide a cheaper, safer and smoother way of driving for its users. Even though the widespread adoption of IoT technology is still facing some challenges, besides the automotive industry, connected lightning devices and healthcare is also one of the fastest growing sectors in the automation industry, so it is not that far away when AutoPi solutions will be able to unite all these sectors and enhance a better quality of life for citizens.
Therefore we have decided to put together a series of blogs to give you an opportunity to gain valuable insights and help you stay tuned with the latest updates on smart city mobility solutions.
“ Did you know that a recent study of The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation estimates that road problems like potholes and iced-over stretches of highway cause more than 42,000 deaths a year in the US?”
Maintenance of roads are typically handled by the public road service. Detection of condition relies on manual inspection and reporting, sometimes by the users of the roads. The process is tedious, cumbersome and prone to errors and mistakes. With an automatic system including full reporting, this process could be highly improved while at the same time reducing the costs of road maintenance.
Using AutoPi for road surface detection
Current road maintenance depends on manual detection and reporting, often visual. AutoPi has built-in sensors with capabilities to collect and process data about the environments, which solves the problem of having a reliable and up-to-date data foundation for making valid decisions about road surface conditions. There is a built-in accelerometer in AutoPi which detects every movement of the device and shows if the device was moved, because of a pothole or bad road surface.
Additional sensors can be added to the AutoPi with ease. The AutoPi has a built-in BLE connection, which makes it possible to connect to various other sensors. One such is the Texas Instruments CC2650 SensorTag, which has a built-in accelerometer:
With a solid data foundation, an analysis of the road surface condition can be performed, via pattern detection. The AutoPi also relays GPS position, so with all the data collected by the AutoPi and the external sensors, it would be possible to create a report showing exactly where and how severe a pothole was.
Even though, AutoPi serves the driver on the first place, not only citizens can benefit from the collected data. In the future, AutoPi could automatically send this information to governmental institutions to speed up their reaction time, optimize their resources and lower accident rates.
Other blog posts for further reading
AutoPi WiFi Edition - Now with NB/CAT M1
For all who do not follow us on our social media platforms, not only is our WiFi Edition Dongle back in stock in our webshop, but we have also upgraded the device so it now contains a Narrowband/Cat-M1 modem with global support. Meaning, that you can use it in countries where this is available as an option by your local network carriers. This upgrade is for all WiFi Edition dongles send out and thus you do not need to buy a new device as it's already included. For those who prefer to opt out of using the Narrowband part of the device do have the option to do so, you can still continue to use the WiFi dongle as usual as originally intended.
Discover hidden functions in your car (using CAN bus sniffing)
All modern vehicles today is controlled by multiple Electronic Control Units (ECU), which you can think of as small computers controlling all electrical components in your car. Using the OBD-II port and an AutoPi it is possible to communicate with the ECUs. One of the ECU’s is called the Engine Control Module (ECM). This is responsible for communication with a lot of subsystems, like transmission, power steering, windows and doors. These subsystems communicates on a network bus called Controller Area Network (CAN), by broadcasting messages on the bus.