It is planned to transfer machine learning techniques used in computers and mobile handsets to vehicles with driver assistance systems learning the habits of their drivers.
The system will also incorporate external data such as weather conditions, route, traffic and vehicle status.
Much of the work will be carried out at IBM’s Watson Internet of Things (IoT) research lab in Munich. IBM plans to invest $200m in the Munich centre.
Harriet Green, global head of IBM’s Watson IoT business, writes:
“With this agreement, our companies will work together to lay the foundations so that drivers can benefit from Watson’s conversational and machine learning capabilities.
“Our insight shows that while the car will remain a fixture in personal transportation, the driving experience will change more over the next decade than at any other time of the automobile’s existence.”
IBM will locate four BMW i8 hybrid sports cars at its Munich Watson IoT HQ.
Prototype solutions which will run on IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform will help demonstrate how Watson can enable new conversational interfaces between cars and drivers.