New Consortium Attracts Prolific Businesses in Tech and Auto
【Summary】The task of overhauling outdated road infrastructure and automotive features is massive; a job fit for a handful of companies with decades of experience in handling large-scale projects, like the members of the newly formed Automotive Edge Computing consortium.
Tech companies and automotive brands are shaking up the transportation industry – but they can't do it without working together. They both need each other's expertise, as the future of the sector becomes more connected, smart and autonomous.
The task of overhauling outdated road infrastructure and automotive features is massive; a job fit for a handful of companies with decades of experience in handling large-scale projects, like the newly formed Automotive Edge Computing consortium. Consisting of Denso, Ericsson, Intel, NTT Docomo and Toyota, the group's top objective is to create reliable vehicular networks, which will serve as the foundation for connected and driverless cars.
Bringing New Technologies to Global Markets
Based on the members of the consortium, it is possible to understand where the focus will be for the deployment of new automotive technologies. We know that Ericsson, Intel and NTT Docomo are leaders in the digital networking industry. That being said, all three businesses are keen on creating standards for connected vehicular networks.
"The Edge Computing Consortium is looking at more the cloud aspect of car communications," said Hakan Anderson, director of industry alliances at Ericsson. "How can we utilize cloud and the execution environment for different services that can be done using cellular connectivity or other connectivity to attach a car to the cloud."
Toyota and Denso are partners outside of the consortium, with the latter being the largest shareholder in Toyota. The two are determined to help meet the Japanese government's goals of having driverless taxi services at the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Handling Data Volume with 5G
Earlier this year at CES 2017, Intel made some ground-breaking forecasts about data consumption rates for the emerging IoT space and autonomous cars. The group (highlighted by Toyota in a statement) has reiterated such predictions and expects data volume to reach 10 exabytes (10 billion gigabytes) every 30 days by 2025. This is roughly 10,000 times larger than today's thresholds. The companies in the automotive organization believe 5G is a leading solution to existing and future data volume management.
To streamline the development of cloud-to-car networks, Intel is looking to Mobileye, which is now under the tech giant. This month, the duo announced a timely project involving SAE-L4 driverless cars. The team plans on testing the vehicles across the US, Europe and Israel. Instead of slowly scaling its fleet, group wants to add more than 100 autonomous cars to the trial as soon as possible.
"Delivering 100 test cars very quickly will demonstrate how this hybrid system can be adapted to meet customer needs," said Amnon Shashua, soon-to-be senior vice president of Intel Corporation and future CEO/CTO of Mobileye. "Neither company could do this alone. Given resident skill-sets within the two companies, a standalone fleet of test vehicles is possible almost immediately."
Intel, being part of the consortium, will likely share some of its experiences and insights from the pilot programs to other members of the organization. This is just one way companies in the automotive space are bridging the gap in meeting the demands of the industry and tech-savvy consumers.
Michael Cheng is a legal editor and technical writer with publications for Blackberry ISHN Magazine Houzz and Payment Week. He specializes in technology business and digesting hard data. Outside of work Michael likes to train for marathons spend time with his daughter and explore new places.
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