Networked Vehicle Research and Event: Re-Inventing the Automotive Sector: HP, Cisco, IBM and Intel lead discussion groups
January 23, 2009

 “The network challenge”

Workshop II:

Shaping concrete business and technology opportunities for the networked vehicle based on original collaborative research by executive experts as a contribution in re-inventing the automotive sector

Reports & discussions: Four NVF Work Groups report & discuss their original research findings

Tour of Facilities: Examination of facilities for testing networked vehicles, and for manufacturing and testing the latest vehicles
Learn more about a state-of-the-art Automotive Research campus (CU-ICAR), about the latest innovations in production (BMW plant) and experience the connected vehicle in practice (BMW test track)

Coming opportunities: Consensus-building by experts on the essential elements and opportunities in the “last great challenge of communications technology”

Discuss upcoming business opportunities for the Networked Vehicle in context with green technology, identify further research needs (business & technology), plan a larger forum to further build the Networked Vehicle community

GOAL of Workshop II

-- A knowledge-building participation event for respected opinion-leaders, to discuss the original research projects undertaken by four volunteer Work Groups, who will report their findings.  Follow-through discussions by the leading executive researchers on “networked” technology will examine the essential elements and opportunities in the “last great challenge of communications technology”. 

--  This invitation-only event will continue the exploration of the two dimensions of the Networked Vehicle:  the future of mobile broadband applications and services in an automotive context; and the market opportunities for those applications and services; further technology research needs to create market opportunities.

--  Tours will be included to provide insight into the ICAR campus (including the BMW ITRC), the $8-billion Spartanburg plant, and the BMW Performance Center with its test tracks.

The Work Groups

The Networked Vehicle Foundation (NVF) was founded in the Fall of 2008 at an exclusive Workshop of executives from the U.S. and Canadian private sector, public sector, and academia.  Their efforts to visualize the innovation of the next generation of “networked” vehicles was supported by public and private-sector sponsors, and involved the leading researchers from key companies such as IBM, HP, Cisco, Intel, RIM and others.  The business and technical sessions sparked the formation of four work groups, to produce a framework for the design and standardization of the networked vehicle.

To take their ideas to the next level, participants formed four working groups to push the Networked initiative forward, focusing on specific areas of interest with appropriate leaders:

1.      Standardization: Dr. Sumedh Sathaye, IBM Watson Centre, IBM U.S.
2.      Mobile enhancement: Flavio Bonomi, Head of Research, Cisco U.S.
3.      Social networks: Joel Hoffman, Worldwide Automotive Lead, INTEL U.S.
4.      Auto cloud computing: John Wargin, EMEA Automotive, HP U.S.

In Worksop II, these four new expert work groups will report and further discuss these key components for the evolution of the networked vehicle  --  components that will help bring the “networked” vehicle closer to reality.

Under the guidance of Dr. Joachim Taiber, head of the Information Technology Research Office at the BMW ITRC, the executives will jointly identify the technology and business opportunities that have been clarified by the work groups, and advance new ideas in consensual discussion.  Through the days of meetings and the follow-though social networking site, relationships and partnerships will be encouraged that are ongoing and mutually supportive.

 Agenda at a Glance

DAY 1 (location ICAR)



 7:00 a.m. Breakfast, Registration

 8:00 a.m.  Welcome                                                            Dr. Joachim Taiber

 Goals of the Networked Vehicle Foundation                            Andrew Penny

 8:30 a.m. Standardization Workgroup Report                 Dr. S. Sathaye, IBM

 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Guided Tour of ICAR

 2:00 p.m. Mobile Enhancement Workgroup Report          Flavio Bonomi, Cisco
 (until 5:30 p.m.)

 7:30 p.m.  Dinner & Networking (Greenville Downtown)

                       DAY 2 (location BMW Plant/Performance Center)



 7:00 a.m. Breakfast

 8:00 a.m.  Synopsis of Day 1, Q&A                                      Dr. Joachim Taiber

 8:30 a.m. Social Networks Work Group Report               Joel Hoffman, INTEL

 11:30 a.m. Plant tour plus Lunch

BMW’s Spartanburg assembly plant has won the ‘top plant’ award and has poured $8.8-billion in to the local economy.



 1:00 p.m.  Auto cloud computing                                John Wargin, HP

 4:00 p.m.  BMW High-Speed Test Track with Connected Vehicles

 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker; discussion on opportunities
                        (with Dinner)

 Participation Fee:

Participants will be invoiced $750 to cover overhead, meals and preparation.


The Workshop event is a working session demanding individual involvement and contribution.

A background Preparation Paper will be created for participants.  It will summarize the views of the NVF, that just as the blending of computers and networking created the Internet, the merging of vehicles with the global broadband ICT infrastructure will create a new platform upon which an unimaginable range of new services and capabilities will be created. 

The vehicle is already in a transition phase from an autonomous system to a fully integrated part of a highly connected network which covers all aspects of consumer communication requirements, consumer relevant services, safety, traffic, efficient use of energy and financial transactions. This transition will have a massive impact on the automotive supply chain and the related value chain.

The traditional automotive supply chain is centered upon the cost efficient production of physical parts, systems and engineering services, whereas large parts of the new automotive supply chain will be built around software applications, digital content and network services. Most important for the new automotive supply chain is the development of a powerful ICT back-end infrastructure to deliver digital services to consumers in their vehicles. Furthermore, software applications have to be developed or adapted which can be used in a vehicle context. Proven business models for software, digital content and network services from the information and communication industry need to be customized to meet the requirements of the automotive industry.

In this new eco-system automotive OEM’s will differentiate on how they integrate application user interfaces in the vehicle, the range and the quality of the offered ICT services, how well they adapt to each user and how well they integrate movement and location factors into these services.

In the past Workshop, with environmental issues and social networking at the forefront of today’s cultural core, participants were in agreement that the “networked” vehicle will be green, networked, and driving on “intelligent” highways. Networked cars will also contain software ranging from diagnostics, car-to-car communications, interactive services, billing and content delivery.

Through the past discussions, participants have determined that the following technologies and services would be well suited and appropriate for the next generation of vehicles:

-          Access to web services from social networks
-          A special in-vehicle platform to compute vehicle efficiencies and navigation service (GPS storage, vehicle interface)
-          A cloud computing platform and service connected to the social network
-          An IP connection from car to internet (real-time or occasionally connected)
-          Security profiles and related technologies
-          Telemetric connections for healthcare, safety and security

The networked vehicle will be a choreographed dance coordinating enhanced mobile devices, networks, and applications. With a keen interest from all parties involved, a second conference has been set for April 2009. In the meantime, the four working groups will determine a services delivery platform and standardization outline.  The working groups will outline their progress on a social networking site specifically developed for the Networked Vehicle.

About the Networked Vehicle Foundation

The vision of this new not-for-profit organization is to make vehicles part of the global communications network, in order to integrate them into our digital lifestyle in a manner that will optimally impact time, resources, and other areas of human endeavour.

The mission of this new not-for-profit organization is to create a highly interactive community of thought-leaders from the ICT and the automotive industry to generate business and technical expertise on how a networked vehicle platform can be created and operated on a sustainable base.

Networked Vehicle Foundation, Workshop Membership

The Networked Vehicle Foundation’s core members come from Information and Computer Technology (ICT) leaders, global OEMs and tier one automotive suppliers, global technology providers and academic institutions. Its associate members come from communications and digital services providers, government agencies and professional services companies.

Membership in the Foundation is maintained through active participation in the Foundation’s working groups. These working groups have been created to test different approaches and platforms for service delivery to the Networked Vehicle.

 Specifically the Foundation is

  • creating an innovation partnership between the global Automotive industry, ICT industries and academic research institutions
  • fostering the development of technology platforms and standards enabling the delivery of high value services
  • providing a competitive edge for member organizations involved in the ICT, automotive and service sectors

 The work of the foundation is accomplished through a series of working groups. Initial groups include:

        ·     Enhanced in-vehicle user experience with mobile devices

  • Social path routing to enable ride sharing and other services
  • Standardization of interfaces and communications protocols
  • Automotive cloud computing and ad-hoc vehicular mesh networks

Additional working groups are being established based on member input.

The Foundation held its inaugural session in Toronto in September 2008 hosted by the Canadian Advanced Technology Association and a follow-up working group meeting will be hosted on ICAR (International Center for Automotive Research) and in cooperation with the BMW Manufacturing Corporation in South Carolina in the spring of 2009. The foundation will be holding its first annual convention in the fall of 2009.

A List of Participants at the inaugural September Workshop can be found on the NVF Website.

Membership information may be obtained via the Foundation Social Network; to ask for membership in the Social Network, please direct inquiries to:

Emily Boucher
(613) 222-9525