IBM Business Consulting Services is offering car manufacturers a data cleanup and component trend analysis service.
The resulting analysis would help mechanics build better components and cars, and ultimately help car makers reduce their warranty costs, said IBM.
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The service, carried out at the US-based Parametric Analysis Center, will process huge volumes of data from in-car electronic component tests. IBM will use its data management technologies and data mining techniques and algorithms to analyse the data.
IBM said studies showed that more than a third of car breakdowns were related to electrical or electronics systems, with failures expected to rise as vehicles became increasing complex.
“Today, much of the data we capture at the repair shop to diagnose problems with a particular vehicle are lost once the vehicle is repaired,” said IBM researcher Nathaniel Mills, who invented the technology.
“With an approach like this, data can be preserved and used to develop automated analysis routines to help all mechanics correctly diagnose the same type of problem as well as to provide an early warning system to identify major issues affecting many vehicles.”
The US Army's National Automotive Center is an early adopter of the service, and is currently evaluating the technology for its fleet of vehicles.
IBM said it was in discussion with key European customers in France and Germany, and that the service would also be available in the EMEA region.