—Modern automobiles have many built-in sensors
and electronic control units responsible for increasing safety,
optimizing performance and improving occupant comfort.
Along with this well-established uses of computing devices inside
automobiles, there are two main research directions in further
computerization of automobiles. One direction is aimed at
creating vehicles that communicate with road infrastructure and
other vehicles in ad hoc manner forming vehicular ad hoc
network (VANET). The other research direction is expected to
produce self-driving automobiles that can drive safely on the
safe road together with regular automobiles. The research
presented in this paper is focused on making regular
automobiles connected to the Internet and thus becoming a part
of the Internet of Things (IoT), with some motivating
applications under consideration. In this paper a developed
general architecture that enables automobiles to communicate
with user applications by the help of an axillary computational
infrastructure is presented and elaborated. A prototype based
on the proposed architecture has been developed by putting
embedded system inside an automobile. The developed system is
supported by a suitable software and infrastructure that have
also been developed as a part of the research. Driving tests with
the prototype on real roads confirmed that proposed approach is
—Automobile, embedded system, Internet of
Things, distributed system.
Hrvoje Milković is with the Kraken Systems, Ulica hrvatskih branitelja 3,
10090 Zagreb, Croatia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nikola Ivković is with the Department of Computing and Technology on
the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, 42000
Varaždin, Croatia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Mario Konecki is with the Department of Theoretical and Applied
Foundations of Information Sciences on the Faculty of Organization and
Informatics, University of Zagreb, 42000 Varaždin, Croatia (e-mail:
Cite: Hrvoje Milković, Nikola Ivković, and Mario Konecki, "A Real-World Implementation of IoT Automobiles," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 222-228, 2016.