Automobile and IT industry
Automobile industry, until the end of 90’s, was considered as a different industry and was not taken into account with the booming IT industry. With the evolution and widespread use if embedded system programming, automobile industry was revolutionized by information technology sector. This co-relation made an unexpected growth automobile industry and also facilitated the use of information technology outside the conventional pc’s and laptops. What I am going to mention here is some of the popular IT mechanisms used in automobile industry which attracted millions around the world who were using their vehicle just for transportation.
IT use in owning the vehicle:
From the point where we buy a vehicle, we can see the impact of information technology. The registration of the vehicle can be done online, with most of the countries government has been shifted to e-governance policies. No more long queues to register your vehicle in the government records. As a matter of fact The same online procedure applies to vehicle insurance and tax services. Both of these can be done online through different website; a wide range of which can be searched in the internet. In India, vehicle registration along with tax is collected by the governments run by states and may try the website of the particular state for registration. For example you can click the link Motor Vehicle Department of Kerala for registration details and can search for insurance companies at Major Insurance companies.
Enhanced product platforms:
Information technology has made its foot prints in the enhancement of the vehicle platforms. There are three main areas under this where IT us mainly used. They are:
- Emission control
- Passenger safety
The emission control systems of all modern vehicles are controlled by embedded IC’s or Integrated Chips. Moreover This is done by implementing specially programmed digital IC’s in automobile. This controls the emission of fuel waste and thereby preventing atmospheric pollution.
The safety of the passengers was a main constraint in early period automobile industry. But with the takeover of vehicle controlling system by computers with minimal human interference, passenger safety is far advanced. Airbags and collision detection system are few examples of this. The sensors which are programmed to detect the distance of an obstacle ahead. And the speed of the vehicle warn you before any bad happenings. Even if the vehicle collides the passenger will be probably safe by the ejection of air bags controlled by programmed IC’s. Embedded cameras also give you a clear view of the back side of your vehicle even in night.
Entertainment arena has been completely digitalized by the embedded system programming of IT industry. Our vehicles music player is not just a music player now a day. Furthermore We can connect phones, IPods, MP3 players, External media devices and the list goes on. Also you can attend calls through your car stereo with the Bluetooth technology. And you can find your way back home from an unmanned place using the GPS (Global Positioning System) which uses satellites
Production and Distribution:
The manufacturing unit of all vehicles is completely under control of computers. From cleaning job to quality checking, everything is controlled in cent percent accuracy with the IT implementation. In fact The manufacturer or the dealer will be having the history of all vehicle owners and details with just the click of a mouse button. Also This helps in improved customer service as the dealers or manufacturers can send automated emails and messages regarding proper servicing of the vehicle.
In such lot of ways, the Information Technology has enhanced the automobile industry. And has become one of the most earning industries now a day. In fact These are some of the example of IT used in automobile industry; a huge portion is still behind the curtain, unnoticed. A time consuming search in any of the search engines will give you more valuable information about the established co-relation of IT and automobile industry.0