Our way of driving could be changed via IBM’s ‘Watson’. Following the sharpening of the personalized super computer, IBM, now anticipates that Watson is ready to hit the road in partnership with BMW.
This supercomputer has been christened after IBM’s founder Thomas J. Watson and is capable of processing information at 80 teraflops per second. 90 various servers are gained access to by this powerhouse with a combined data bank of over 200 million pages of information. The way through which all this goes is an artificial intelligence algorithm and machine learning techniques which lets Watson to imitate the human’s ability to solve problems and answer questions. Watson vanquished its human opponents when it was put to the test on the TV quiz show ‘Jeopardy!’
In partnership with IBM, BMW will start a ‘pilot program’ in order to personalize the BMW’s driving experience one step further as compared to connected drive. The BMW i8 hybrid gains knowledge about its individual driver and finds out their driving habits via Watson’s machine learning. In addition to this, the BMW i8 will become accustomed to the driver’s personal preferences, thereby enhancing the autonomy of the vehicle. The program will commence in February 2017 in Germany’s IBM IoT HQ where a $200 million USD investment catapulted this facility into one of the most advanced of its kind in the world.
The IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform granted Watson’s API which enables the BMW i8’s to tap into Watson’s processing power. This implies that the four i8’s that have been selected as the prototypes for this project can compute tons of road and weather data to help the driver with their daily commute. Global head of ‘IBM’s Watson IoT Business’, Harriet Green stated, “Watson is transforming how people interact with the physical world – helping to create safer, more efficient and personal experiences at home, at work and on the road.”
Also, this partnership will set the basis for drivers to utilize machine learning capabilities, as per Green. She also told that the driving experience with transform more over the next decade than ever before throughout the automobiles existence.
Cars have turned into more and more self-sufficient, as per the IBM’s research. It is being anticipated that cars will be capable of performing actions such as ‘self-healing’ in the near future, that is, they will be able to diagnose and fix technical issues on the road in addition to connecting and communicating with other vehicles around them. The automobile will be able to continuously acclimatize to the driving environment while providing feedback to facilitate the ultimate driving experience by including machine learning in vehicle capabilities.