“Route-n-Fuel”: Big Data and Mobility in Car IT

Big data and mobility work together efficiently in the cloud solution from Lufthansa Industry Solutions

Big data and mobility work together efficiently in the “Route-n-Fuel” cloud solution from Lufthansa Industry Solutions: an app that runs on any sort of smartphone or tablet notifies motorists of the filling stations along a planned route where the required fuel will be cheapest, and at what times. Furthermore, this IT solution calculates whether it would be worthwhile to take a longer alternative route with cheaper filling stations.

This view of the future is possible thanks to the analysis of a number of data sources: the market transparency unit for fuel (MTS-K) of the Federal Cartel Office provides the prices at all filling stations; in order to be able to take account of vehicle performance, the required vehicle data are read out from the OBD II diagnostic system, which has been obligatory in all vehicles since 1996; and location data come by way of GPS.

This mixed lot of big data is evaluated with the aid of predictive models, where the many years of experience Lufthansa Industry Solutions has acquired with regard to data mining methods and algorithms are brought to bear. The analytic methods used enable very reliable predictions on the prices at each filling station at a specific time and on the best routes.

The data are kept in the cloud; the app runs on any sort of smartphone so that no special technical requirements are needed on the part of the users. The “Route-n-Fuel” app was developed in the Lufthansa Industry Solutions innovation laboratory.

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