In this age of customer-centered problem-solving, businesses in the automotive industry need a solid IT infrastructure to manage connected vehicles and run in-car services. The challenge can be solved by using the cloud, especially when it comes with a runtime platform and an Internet-of-Things service. Our client, a renowned car manufacturer, organized a group-wide Proof-of-Concept (PoC) to prototype various scenarios within its digital ecosystem with the help of different partners, including Grape Up.
As the automotive industry is rapidly changing, businesses within the sector rely on the Cloud and IoT to revolutionize their practices and implement customer-facing services. Our client has been designing supporting technologies for their vehicles throughout the years. Still, to redesign the in-car software architecture, they needed to build a space where all apps and services could be integrated and connected.
To create a unique customer experience, the company used a digital representation of the car stored in the cloud – a Digital Twin. A Digital Twin can capture the behavioral and operational data of the vehicle and provide near real-time data to analyze the overall vehicle performance, delivering personalized service for customers.
Developing a unified platform connecting all the cars within the larger manufacturing group was particularly challenging. Over the years, the group has implemented different technologies and solutions to support software component communication between vehicles and the cloud. However, having many technologies deployed in the cars complicates integrating third-party and in-house developed services, increases the complexity of the cloud-integrated vehicle system, and negatively affects its performance.
Radically standardizing the software interfaces using a common platform and ensuring that software can be updated or upgraded over its whole lifecycle is a revolutionary step in the automotive industry.
Grape Up has developed the gateway component that communicates with a car using provided connected car solutions, regardless of which specific software is operated by a single vehicle. This solution enables service providers to deliver new apps faster.
Grape Up also delivered an element of the Digital Twin concept that allows gathering data and transferring it to a car through the cloud. It aims to solve complicated use cases and take advantage of the collected information to improve the customer experience. An original language (based on GraphQL and the RSI protocol) was developed to empower customers to query specific information available on the platform.
The Grape Up team has a lot of experience building and running applications in the cloud, focusing on both AWS and OSS Cloud Foundry. The latter platform was chosen for the project as the most flexible and time-efficient solution.
After completing the initial phase and documenting experiences covering technologies and concepts verified through the project, the collaboration focused on implementing a market-ready solution based on a unified API and communication platforms delivered by chosen providers.
The prototyped automotive cloud provides a stable environment for developing applications, features, and services. The client can verify various communication patterns between cars and the cloud using the new platform. The implemented unified API concept enables its customers to communicate with their vehicles through the cloud at the same quality level as when they use direct connections, for example, Wi-Fi. The unified API works well with the Digital Twin concept, simplifying vehicle communication.
As a result, our client has accelerated the release pace and sped up a feedback loop, allowing new ideas to be developed faster. In addition, building the platform opened up the possibility of developing and deploying new functionality in the car and the backend simultaneously or independently.
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