The automotive world is transforming.
According to “How the Internet of Things is transforming the automotive industry” here’s a look at what to expect in the immediate future:
- By 2020, the connected car will be the top connected application;
- In 2020, 250 million vehicles will be connected and fully packed with sensor technologies;
- Connected vehicles will produce 350 MB of data/second by 2020;
- One-third of consumer data will be stored in the cloud by 2016;
- In-vehicle software will be updated over the air through cloud connectivity.
The interesting thing is about how quickly this is all happening. Especially when we see the constant stream of press about security vulnerabilities in cars.
The article “Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?” offers some really good insight. The author argues it’s all about getting sensors into the market as soon as possible, to start collecting data, concluding with:
Thus every volume manufacturer wants to, needs to, make sure that they’re in the first wave of car companies deploying this technology. And thus the stampede as they realise this.
The race isn’t to get it to work, it’s to get enough units out there that the system becomes self-updating and thus actually really useful.
I suspect this logic applies right across the IoT and not just vehicles.