The trip, called VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge, started in Parma, Italy and is heading to Shanghai through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. Along the way, IBM smartphones will be using the company's Human Centric Solutions to monitor the CO2 levels in the air around the vehicles.
"Visualizing the data will enable us to identify quickly how pollution levels vary across continents. We will use IBM analytical tools to discover trends such as a correlation between certain illnesses and the quality of the air," Ed Jellard, consultant from IBM Hursley Development Lab said in a statement.
The technology used to measure the air quality has been developed by IBM and SenSaris and uses IBM Message Broker, WebSphere Application Server software and Tivoli Storage Manager to operate. It is based on the Android 2.1 mobile platform.
According to the IT specialist, once the trip concludes, IBM will look over the data and determine whether CO2 detection technologies in smartphones is a good idea...
"We can put computational power into objects that include cars, appliances, roadways, power grids, clothes or in natural systems, such as agriculture and waterways. The initiative will demonstrate the value we can derive from the network of sensors embedded in devices, such as smart phones which are already in place," Nicola Palmarini, IBM Human Centric Solutions Centre added.