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Data Fuels the Future.
Along with AI and sophisticated sensor arrays, the automotive industry will require growing amounts of data storage to keep up with an explosion of new in-car applications and vehicle-to-everything connectivity. The future of connected and fully autonomous vehicles depends on the ability of tech companies to continue to deliver high-performance, high-capacity, high-endurance, and reliable storage.
SOURCE: Data storage and AI are driving the evolution of autonomous cars by Huibert Verhoeven, Western Digital (VentureBeat, 2020)
HOW DATA DISRUPTS
The automotive and transportation industries are on the cusp of a disruptive technology phase. Vehicles are not simply mechanical engines but are now data centers on wheels, driving a new generation of storage infrastructure needs. As cars become connected and autonomous, massive amounts of data are being created and consumed. This requires new approaches in data processing that improve communications and interactions between humans and vehicles, vehicles and vehicles (V2V), and vehicles and infrastructures (V2I), while enabling a better and safer driving experience. This places massive demands on data storage and processing in the vehicle and in edge compute servers while pushing the boundaries of cloud-based services in the core.
FUELING AN INDUSTRY WITH DATA
The automotive and transportation industries are investing in new data center infrastructures and edge technologies that extract immediate intelligence from captured data, not only to enhance the driving experience, but to also make it safer. This creates a need for new storage in network and computing infrastructures that combine cloud services with in-car computing power to handle the massive amounts of data collected by connected cars.
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1. Source: Storage Capacity Requirement for Autonomous Vehicles to Balloon Over 2TB in the Next Decade, Counterpoint Technology Market Research 2019
2. Source: The Connected Car Market Will Endure a 15% Shipment Decline, Flat Revenues in 2020; Sales Return on Trend Early 2022, ABI Research 2020