A first look at vehicle data collection via smartphone sensors

Michael Reininger, Seth Miller, Yanyan Zhuang, Justin Cappos

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    Smartphones serve as a technical interface to the outside world. These devices have embedded, on-board sensors (such as accelerometers, WiFi, and GPSes) that can provide valuable information for investigating users' needs and behavioral patterns. Similarly, computers that are embedded in vehicles are capable of collecting valuable sensor data that can be accessed by smartphones through the use of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) sensors. This paper describes a prototype of a mobile computing platform that provides access to vehicles' sensors by using smartphones and tablets, without compromising these devices' security. Data such as speed, engine RPM, fuel consumption, GPS locations, etc. are collected from moving vehicles by using a WiFi On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) sensor, and then backhauled to a remote server for both real-time and offline analysis. We describe the design and implementation details of our platform, for which we developed a library for in-vehicle sensor access and created a non-relational database for scalable backend data storage. We propose that our data collection and visualization tools are useful for analyzing driving behaviors; we also discuss future applications, security, and privacy concerns specific to vehicular networks.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSAS 2015 - 2015 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781479961160
    StatePublished - Jun 24 2015
    Event10th IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, SAS 2015 - Zadar, Croatia
    Duration: Apr 13 2015Apr 15 2015

    Publication series

    NameSAS 2015 - 2015 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Proceedings


    Other10th IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, SAS 2015


    • Data visualization and analysis
    • Smartphone sensors
    • Vehicular networks

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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