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IoT in Vehicles: The Intelligent Car

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and the way we drive. Using advanced sensing and inter-connected data, the next generation of intelligent transportation systems has brought us into the era of the ‘intelligent car.’

IoT technologies used in vehicles offer a variety of solutions, including connected car solutions:
– Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
– In-vehicle infotainment systems
– Navigation & telematics solutions
– Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) for safety and mobility solutions
– Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) applications
– Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications
– Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication applications

With an estimate that at least 75% of cars will be connected in 2020, the growth of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) creates a transportation system that knows who we are and where we want to go.

What is the Internet of Things?
According to Intel, “The Internet of Things is an evolution of mobile, home, and embedded devices and applications that are connected to the internet, integrating computing capabilities and using data analytics to extract valuable information and sharing data over the cloud .” In simple terms, IoT refers to everyday items being connected to the internet to make life easier. This means that you can control specific items remotely, via a smartphone app, to communicate with other products.

For example, if you run out of milk, your connected refrigerator will automatically send you a reminder when you walk past the dairy section in the grocery store. Or if you’re driving around and need to find a parking spot – since your car is connected to the internet, the parking meter connects to your car and tells you where the empty parking spot is.

How does IoT work?
Connected vehicles refer to the wireless-enabled vehicles that connect and communicate with their external and internal environments. The intelligent car is constantly being equipped and upgraded with technology to make us better connected with the elements both inside and outside the car; enhanced navigation, streaming infotainment, enhanced safety features, and especially the integration between the dashboard with smartphones and wearables.

Bandwidth Evolution:
The key technology to an intelligent car is 4G LTE. LTE possesses the speed, low latency and IP-connectivity, to enable high-quality in-vehicle applications. LTE guarantees speed and quality of service and improves vehicle connectivity dramatically.

With the goal being to achieve a safer and greener mode of transportation, connected cars are the future.

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GUIDE TO BUYING A USED MOTORCYCLE

Two-wheelers play a vital role in how people travel in India as it is a better and easier way to navigate through the endless traffic. With this surge of bike availability, manufacturers continue to provide endless options for anyone who wants to purchase a bike. However, if you don’t want to spend all that money on a new bike, there is always the practical option of getting one secondhand.

There are a few necessities to keep in mind when looking at a secondhand option. First things first, where do you buy one? From a reputed dealer. Getting a bike from a dealer will increase your chances of getting a machine that is already thoroughly checked. You might also consider getting one directly from a private seller. You can opt for this type of purchase if you know the seller, or know what to look for.

Inspect the bike:
If you have the choice, take someone along who has already has a bike and has experience with them. Examine the bike cold; it’s really easy to hide starting and running problems on a hot bike. Examine bar ends, levers, and footpegs and other additional damage such as tweaked handlebars. Remember, every small damage can add to the cost of fixing the bike.

Brakes and Tyres: Check the brake pads, the colour and level of the brake fluid and the tyre tread. The treads should not have uneven wear or damage. Brake fluid should be clear and light in colour, like a nice pale yellow, depending on the brand.

Oil and Rust: Check the oil level and for any spillage, especially around the engine. Look for rusty chains and even a rusty fuel tank. Pay close attention to deeper rust; surface rust isn’t a cause for concern, but deep rust could show that the bike wasn’t maintained.

Chains and Chassis: Check the condition of chain and sprocket and for visible deep scratches. Rotate the rear wheel and check if the sound of the chain is uniform, as it should be.

Electricals, wheels, suspension and exhaust:
Thoroughly check that there are no oil leaks around the suspension and the exhaust pipe. Check for cracks in the wheels and make sure the spokes aren’t rusting.

Paperwork:
Last but not least, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork: the RC book, PUC, insurance, a NOC if the registration of a vehicle is going to be transferred from one RTO to another, the manual and the owner’s service records.

Rebuilding brakes, replacing chains and such is not uncommon in a used bike. While it might be a good investment to save some money, take your time in test riding the bike, choosing a good seller and deciding if it is the right choice for you.

Bike Service at your Doorstep

Haven’t we all had those days where we just don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done? Why does it always feel like the one day when we are in a rush or late, something has to happen to delay us; especially when we are rushing to work and our bike won’t start!? We have to now add “get bike fixed” to our neverending to-do list.

No one needs this added stress and GoBumpr is here to solve your problem with their newly introduced Doorstep Bike Service!

What does this mean? Well, you can now get your bike serviced right where you are and right in front of you by GoBumpr’s very own expert mechanics. No longer do you have to get your bike to a mechanic, wait in queue, and waste a day to get it fixed.

Now, it’s as simple as booking a doorstep service on the company’s website. Once the booking is completed and confirmed, the mechanic will come to you, wherever you are and at your own convenience. Best of all, the service is completed in just 2 hours and costs only Rs.999! There is also 100% transparency because you can actually see what is being done.

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What are the services included?

    – Engine Oil Change
    – Foam Clean & Exterior Polish
    – Chain/Belt Inspection
    – Spark Plug Cleaning
    – Air Filter & Oil Filter Cleaning
    – Brakes Inspection/Adjustment

Currently available only in Chennai city, GoBumpr plans to expand this service to their other locations soon. In the meantime, Chennaites can enjoy this hassle-free opportunity and book a service here.

Bike’s dashboard icons lighting up? Find out why

For a very long time, only cars came with inbuilt warning lights on the dashboard. But lucky for us, these days motorbikes come equipped with emergency lights and options of analogue or LCDs.

Dashboard warning symbols are also designed in different colours to create awareness and convey information about the current state of the vehicle. Usually, blue and green lights inform the rider that a service is active or that the vehicle is functioning normally; while red and yellow lights indicate that there is a fault. When the red light is displayed, then it is necessary to take action.

What does it mean when they light up?

Ignition Light:
If the ignition light is lit up, it means that the engine has some problems with the electrical system, the battery needs to be replaced or it is failing to charge. Your bike would not start if there is a fault in the battery.

Engine Temperature Warning Light:
This sign indicates that the engine coolant level may be running low or there may be a leak in the coolant system. This occurs when the temperature has crossed the normal level and can damage your bike’s engine.

Oil Pressure Warning Light:
This symbol indicates low oil pressure. It lights up when there is a variation in the oil levels which can damage the engine. For your safety, switch off the bike engine once you notice it.

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Neutral Light:
This neutral light illuminates in green and indicates to the rider that the bike is in a neutral state. When switching gears, this green light will disappear.

Indicator Light:
The indicator light also illuminates in green colour. If you are turning left, the left directional arrow will flash, for the right, the right directional arrow will flash. In case of hazard warning, both lights are activated.

Full Beam Light:
The full-beam light indicates that your headlight is on at full beam. Put off your high beam when you notice another car coming towards you on the other side of the road. It’s better to avoid high beam in the daytime so that you can save your battery life.

Warning lights can prevent a lot of mishaps from happening and save you from unnecessary troubles. If proper action is taken at the right time, it can even save lives and keep you safe.