Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers nowadays produce under the highest quality and safety standards. Vehicles are under special observation by the authorities. The entire supply chain is well regulated, and the resulting vehicles are monitored almost completely and are regularly audited accordingly, both by the authorities and the suppliers by their OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). The IATF16949 is decisive for this. In the IATF16949 it has been recorded since 2020 that a manufacturer is responsible for monitoring his products, i.e., also parts installed in vehicles, in the field. The IATF 16949 standard unifies existing automotive standards such as VDA (Germany), AIAG (North America), AVSQ (Italy), FIEV (France) and SMMT (Great Britain). The aim of the standard is an effectively improved system and process quality for more customer satisfaction, the identification of errors and risks in the production process as well as in the supply chain, the elimination of their causes and verification of the effectiveness of corrective and preventive measures. The focus is not on detecting errors, but on avoiding them.
In order to support OEMs as well as suppliers in monitoring vehicles in the field and, last but not least, to inform vehicle owners about possible safety problems of certain vehicle makes and models, the state authorities continuously provide data on recalls and, in some cases, complaints.
the US American authority NHTSA in particular provides very thorough and well-structured information, including detailed documents on the individual incidents, with the depth of information sometimes going down to the level of vehicle components or parts. Japan and Canada also have a comparatively good supply of information.
Although demand is quite high, consolidated open data on the EU is insufficiently provided in Europe. Compared to North America, especially the US, the EU lags far behind. In this respect, the new offer of Pumacy’s platform “Carwatch.net” will fill a big gap in the field of vehicle data.
In this respect, Carwatch.net caters to the needs of automotive suppliers, car repair shops, motor vehicle assessor, car and spare parts dealers, passionate hobbyists or even savvy private users. Due to the tendency of large, but also price-sensitive target groups, the platform services have a low complexity and manageable prices. Search-based applications (SBA) are at work within the platform, designed to search and analyse any structured content (e.g. databases), semi-structured content (e.g. XML or PDF) and completely unstructured data (e.g. questionnaires or internet forums) in one environment. The correlation and visualisation of the data takes place at high speeds, virtually under real-time conditions. Foreign-language content, even exotic content such as Chinese or Korean, is translated into the user’s target language beforehand. The complex forecasting services rely on artificial intelligence and machine learning in the background.
With “EuroKfZ” the data analytics provider brought together data from various internet sources such as social networks, technical forums, blogs and other sources to use this as an alternative to the public data portals for evaluations.
Although the data is currently only available to Pumacy’s enterprise customers, particularly internationally operating automotive suppliers, it will soon be included in the service offerings for all B2B and B2C customers. In the coming months, the software will be further expanded, for example to include European Open Data offerings.