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BMW, IBM Team on Driver Support Systems

IBM and the BMW Group are collaborating to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems. Video courtesy of IBM. For the full story, click here.

Self-Driving Vehicle Taps IBM’s Watson

Local Motors debuts an autonomous vehicle that uses IBM’s Watson Internet of Things to analyze and learn transportation data and to verbally interact with passengers.

The Little-Known Origin of Total Fleet Management

“Total fleet management” is a generic, shorthand term used to refer to programs offered by FMCs that administer all aspects of a client company’s fleet operations. Have you ever wondered about the origin of this concept? You might be surprised to learn that IBM was one of the initial catalysts leading to the development of today’s total fleet management programs. This might surprise some in the fleet industry, because for the longest time, IBM has been the poster child of driver reimbursement.

Why Certain High-Tech Firms Favor Reimbursement

Historically, IBM was the largest company offering a corporate reimbursement program. In its heyday, IBM had more than 25,000 drivers on reimbursement. However, since then, there have emerged major company-provided fleets operated by hi-tech companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Intel, etc.. Despite this trend, certain high-tech companies continue to be more receptive to driver reimbursement programs than company-provided vehicles. Why is this so?

IBM Study Examines Factors in EV Purchases

ARMONK, NY - Based on a new IBM survey of motorist attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives, IBM researchers have concluded that automakers still need to address driver expectations about electric vehicle performance, recharging and convenience. What's more, the researchers recommend that automakers initially focus on EV sales to both consumers and commercial fleets.