IAV to Display Connected BMW i3 Demo Vehicle at WXC17: SAE World Congress Experience

03/29/2017 //

Hewlett Packard Enterprise collaborated with IAV to advance vehicle connectivity, improve systems management

Northville, Mich., March 29, 2017 – IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc., a leading engineering services firm, will showcase a sophisticated approach to connectivity through a BMW i3 demo vehicle at WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience, taking place April 4-6. The vehicle, a joint project between IAV and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), will be on display at the IAV booth for the duration of the event and highlight the companies’ continued efforts to advance connected driving solutions.

Featuring HPE’s Universal Internet of Things (IoT) platform and an HPE Edgeline micro gateway, the vehicle demonstrates the benefits of combining data from separate vehicle bus systems in a central in-car system unit. This condensed housing of data helps to normalize, secure and analyze key performance metrics more effectively, which streamlines the monitoring and management of connected systems in the vehicle. Specifically, the process is made possible by the HPE Universal IoT system using server-based bidirectional gateways to connect and control internal systems and sensors. This creates an environment where the BMW i3 can carry out communications with all bus systems in the vehicle and connect them to surrounding external systems, a capability that was previously unavailable. As a result, overall drive efficiency and innovation are improved, and the vehicle can better communicate with itself and the world around it.

“IAV has established strong relationships with key players in the IT industry, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and the BMW i3 demo vehicle is a great symbol of our joint commitment to developing connected automotive technologies,” said Martin Richter, vice president of Vehicle Systems at IAV. “The future brings unlimited possibilities for connectivity and data management, especially when it comes to cars. This year, with SAE World Congress Experience’s stronger emphasis on mobility, we’re looking forward to learning more about what other leaders in the industry are doing to propel connectivity forward.”

Nigel Upton, Universal IoT general manager at HPE, and his team played a pivotal role in integrating HPE’s technology into the BMW i3 demo vehicle. At WCX17, on April 4 at 11:30 a.m., he will participate in the Internet of Things and Mobility panel, which will focus on how embedded electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity continue to grow and dominate the everyday lives of consumers. Likewise, panel participants will share their perspective on the monetization of IoT in terms of mobility.

“I look forward to representing HPE on the Internet of Things and Mobility panel and discussing the importance of IoT solutions and how they can help influence the future of mobility,” said Upton. “Every day we work diligently to shape the future of connectivity, and we’re proud of the strides we’ve made to this point through our partnership with IAV, specifically in the automotive sector.” 

IAV and HPE technology experts will be available onsite at IAV’s exhibit, located in booth 3210, to discuss the BMW i3 demo vehicle and its capabilities, as well as other IAV technologies featured at the show.

WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience is hosted in Detroit at the Cobo Center. The event allows leaders in the automotive and mobility industry to converge in an interactive setting, and analyze the current and future states of mobility, including its challenges, opportunities and more. For additional details about the event, please visit http://wcx17.org/

About IAV in North America:

IAV Group is an engineering and technical consultancy servicing the global automotive industry with approximately 6,500 employees worldwide and more than 30 years of experience. As a recognized leader in the specification, design, development, validation and production launch of advanced vehicle and powertrain systems, IAV Automotive Engineering deploys a leading team of technical experts, engineering tools and program processes from its North American Headquarters in Northville, Michigan.