Connected Vehicles

Enhanced Safety and Security Feature Bundle

Carmakers are increasingly offering software features to consumers and fleet owners to support automated and safe driving. One of the main challenges carmakers face in realizing the full potential of automated driving is building safe and accurate systems in a scalable, cost-effective way. However, supporting the myriad models, features, sensors and country regulations can be daunting. 

Omniware Approach

By configuring the industry’s most sophisticated product hierarchy and attribute feature tree, automakers can simplify the management and changes to safety and security bundles. Usage analytics capture when customers enable or disable features or upgrade to a different bundle. Moreover, vehicle sensor data can be transmitted from the connected vehicle cloud to Omniware’s billing transaction data hub whereby the automater’s billing rules and rating are applied.

Inside view of self driving car on the road

Benefits

  • Management of products, product bundles and product hierarchies across global countries and regions

  • Enable revenue models not previously possible. Allow customers to upgrade and swap features and bundles

  • Life-cycle management of product bundles over model years

  • Consistent application of product bundles for fleet owners who operate in different countries / regions

 

Convergent Billing, Vehicle Cloud, Distributed Invoicing

Kathy, who is employed by FleetCo, picks up a new truck from a TruckCo dealer. Kathy’s employee ID and FleetCo profile is submitted to the TruckCo billing system.

 

At month-end, the TruckCo billing system calculates all charges for FleetCo from TruckCo and 3rd parties. The charges on the invoice for Kathy, include:

  • A mid-month start of subscription of a TruckCo vehicle Advanced Driver Assistance feature

  • Subscription to safe driving via On-Board Diagnostic device for 3rd party insurance monitoring

  • Subscription to 3 modules of a fleet management app, by a 3rd party fleet management software company

  • A safe vehicle monthly status report, with Green, Yellow, Red flags. There is a Yellow flag for an airbag recall

 

The billing system issues 10 invoices, one for each of FleetCo’s regions. Each invoice is further categorized by department and employee. FleetCo requires that each employee receive an individual invoice and each of FleetCo’s 10 regions receive a consolidated invoice. Kathy’s invoice provides her with an explanation of the services charged and a video clip of an autonomous vehicle (AV) software enhancement, which includes an “intelligent speed assistance” feature available as a trial to those who sign-up. Kathy approves her respective charges by the embedded approve button, and clicks the “Sign Me Up!” button for the AV software feature trial. The FleetCo regional office then submits payment for their invoice which is reflected as a paid receivable in the TruckCo billing system.

Omniware Approach

FleetCo’s Price plans are managed in a Customer and Price Plan attribute feature tree in Dynamics Billing. Moreover all consumption transactions are received from TruckCo’s internal systems or 3rd party companies, mediated by Dynamics Billing Transaction Hub, which assesses, merges and  matches transactions for billing. Invoice distribution is controlled by FleetCo’s Customer attributes in Dynamics Billing.

Benefits

  • Convergent billing of all products/services consumed in the vehicle platform, whether consumed as TruckCo features or from third parties

  • Meeting the customers needs for distribution of invoices from all vendors and TruckCo’s services

  • Delivering and billing for services using the revenue models most appropriate for the service