OnStar Go Cognitive Mobility Platform
OnStar Go is a cognitive mobility platform that enables drivers to enjoy personalized services and content from their vehicle to make the most of time spent in the car. Potential use scenarios could include:
- Avoiding traffic when low on fuel, then activating a fuel pump and paying from the dash
- Ordering a cup of coffee on the go
- Getting news and in-vehicle entertainment tailored to the driver’s personality and location in real time
The result of a collaboration between General Motors’ OnStar telematics division and IBM Watson natural language processing system that combines OnStar’s industry-leading vehicle connectivity and data capabilities with IBM Watson APIs, OnStar Go represents the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform. The service is scheduled to launch in early 2017.
The cognitive mobility platform was designed and developed by IBM iX in conjunction with OnStar, using iX’s expertise in experience and mobile design. iX is also working with GM to design OnStar’s intuitive, touch screen interfaces for consumers on the go.
“On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car (based AAA data) and are looking for ways to optimize their time,” said Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy. “By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive.”
The GM/IBM partnership will expand the existing OnStar AtYourService offers and deals platform by launching new capabilities supported by OnStar Go with IBM Watson. These capabilities will be available in more than two million 4G LTE connected vehicles and millions of GM vehicle brand app-enabled mobile devices in the U.S. by the end of 2017.
GM began the connected vehicle revolution 20 years ago with the launch of OnStar and has more connected vehicles on the road than any other automaker. By the end of 2016, GM expects to have 12 million OnStar-connected vehicles on the road worldwide.
How It Works
With the customer’s consent, Watson will:
- Learn the driver’s preferences
- Apply machine learning
- Sift through data to recognize patterns in their decisions and habits
This information will allow brand and marketing professionals working with IBM and OnStar to deliver individualized location-based interactions that directly impact their target audiences. Companies in retail, fuel, hospitality, media and entertainment, restaurants and travel and transportation and more can use OnStar Go to build individualized mobile, in-vehicle experiences for a growing population of connected drivers that opt-in.
The OnStar Go cognitive mobility platform enables brands to design Watson-enabled consumer experiences. Examples of potential uses include:
- OnStar Go taps Watson Personality Insights and Watson Conversation APIs to remind a working father to pick up diapers and formula at the pharmacy a few miles before his exit, so he won’t have to leave the house again once he gets home.
- Give a traveling foodie dining recommendations from celebrity chefs when driving in a new city by employing Watson Tradeoff Analytics.
- Letting the driver know that their order is ready for pickup at a nearby retail store via Watson Retrieve and Rank, enabling one of the store’s employees will load their purchases into the car.
ExxonMobil, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Mastercard and Parkopedia are the first brands to join the platform, with the following user cases:
- ExxonMobil will use the cognitive mobility platform to help drivers quickly locate Exxon and Mobil retail fuel stations, recommend the best fuel and lubricant product for their vehicle, and authorize fuel payment from inside the vehicle. Consumers can even pay for a car wash or, when away from their car, get notified when they are low on fuel.
- Glympse enables consumers and businesses to manage customized real-time location sharing with anyone on any device. The firm is a location technology partner in the cognitive mobility platform.
- iHeartRadio will use Watson insights from OnStar Go to curate personalized experiences that leverage on-air personalities and local content from radio stations across the U.S. Drivers will be invited to share information from their calendars, social graph, location, music preferences and more, to create dynamic and locally relevant entertainment experiences only available through the power of radio.
- Mastercard will enable drivers and passengers to safely make simple, secure and seamless payments for goods and services from the comfort of their cars. By integrating the security of Mastercard tokenization platform — Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) — and Masterpass digital payment service within OnStar Go, Mastercard will enable consumers to complete transactions using credit or debit cards stored in their Masterpass wallets.
- Parkopedia will provide detailed parking spot information — including opening hours and up-to-date prices as well as booking and payment capabilities. Drivers find, reserve and pay for parking all at the click of a button.
- The Weather Company (owned by IBM) will provide rich weather and location data to support personalized targeting and warnings about driving conditions.
“IBM and GM are changing the whole notion of where valuable, daily rituals occur. The combination of IBM Watson and industry-leading OnStar connectivity will enable vehicles with intelligent branded skills and services to empower drivers and passengers,” said Paul Papas, Global Leader, IBM iX. “Simply put, OnStar Go with IBM Watson transforms time wasted in the car into time well spent.”
OnStar Go was announced on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at the World of Watson conference held in Las Vegas.
General Motors states that OnStar Go is scheduled to launch in early 2017.