It seems as if more and more automakers are riding the wave of the future we call the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. This list of companies also includes auto parts maker and customizer extraordinaire Callaway Cars, which is reportedly analyzing performance data on the Corvette Z06 SC757 with IoT technology through a platform called ThingWorx.
According to a press release from Callaway Cars, the company is working closely with Boston Engineering to design and carry out the ThingWorx platform. This would involve sensors in the Callaway Corvette Z06 to gather performance data, such as the car’s speed, engine revolutions per minute, and air intake and outlet temperatures.
This information is wirelessly fed back to the ThingWorx cloud via secure transfer, allowing Callaway engineers to analyze the readings. In addition, Callaway is also hoping it could gauge dealer and customer interest in accessing performance data via the Internet of Things.
“Our engineers approach vehicle systems and components without compromise, and we’ve been able to develop products that produce stunning power,” said Callaway Cars founder Reeves Callaway in a statement. “Working with IoT technology to capture and analyze data quickly can give us another highly effective method to evaluate our products performance.”
The two companies involved in the new team-up are at the LiveWorx expo in Boston, which runs from June 6 through June 9. One of the displays at the event is a Callaway Corvette Z06 with baked-in IoT capabilities.
This car’s 757-horsepower supercharged engine is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, and running the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph. It also has Callaway’s own TripleCooled intercooler system, which “eliminates the power-robbing heat soak phenomenon” that’s common in other superchargers, allowing for better performance on and off the track.
“Callaway Cars exemplifies how an innovative manufacturer can use IoT to enhance R&D and to introduce new products for added business value, said Boston Engineering president and co-founder Bob Treiber in his own statement. “We provide powerful IoT capabilities by combining best-in-class technology from partners PTC and ThingWorx with two decades of product engineering consulting experience.”