Quieter, faster and more sustainable than their fossil-burning counterparts, EVs – electric vehicles - are also better ‘connected’. We tested a few EV connectivity concepts at a recent hackathon hosted by Capco and Digital Nebula, aiming to address some of the challenges facing electric vehicle drivers. Attendees included IBM, Deloitte Digital, EthosVO, MakersAcademy and many Tesla owners and technology entrepreneurs. Here are some great concepts developed by the hackathon teams on the day:
The scope for this platform’s functionality is huge. For example, it can be used to identify car parks that are difficult to navigate or have width restrictions - something of a concern for Tesla Model S drivers, never mind future owners of the even larger Model X being launched later this year. In conjunction with Ethos Parking, this search platform could become a major utility for EV drivers.
Other ideas that surfaced and will feature in a follow-up event:
The biggest takeaway from the event? We discovered how easy it was to develop value-add services from existing technology. The internet of things, cloud services, sensor data, open APIs and energetic teams of developers make it possible.
Car manufactures are bringing innovative technology to their EV efforts, and many of these technologies will be included into wider model ranges once they are proven. It's a logical strategy, given that EV buyers tend to be quite tech-savvy.
As a Tesla owner, I have not visited a petrol station in more than 18 months. I have driven to Europe and back at no cost (courtesy of the Tesla Supercharger network) and consider myself a ‘connoisseur’ of the silent electric drivetrain. With the possibilities offered by API-enabled connectivity, the fast and smooth EVs are evolving into dream machines.
Look out for future EV hackathons from Capco and Digital Nebula soon.
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