Technology redefines everything with which it becomes acquainted. With the developing concepts of Internet of Things (IoT), a notion is that the automobile industry won’t get away without being influenced by this technology. The cars of today are not similar to the cars manufactured a decade ago. The top-notch GPS systems, high-end automated controls, advancements in auto-pilot mode and the introduction of self-parking in latest vehicles, differentiate the car of today, with that of yesterday.
Behind this tech jibber-jabber, there is a factor which needs to be understood and acknowledged. If a car has even a single function that requires connection to the Internet, rest assured there is a flow of data involved. The car itself becomes a data center which trades data with online servers and takes actions accordingly. Whether it is sending/receiving the coordinates while driving in auto-pilot mode or playing audio via Bluetooth from your SoundCloud profile it is sending and receiving data.
According to the reports, the demands for fast transactions of real-time data are escalating which is forcing several data management service providers to the edge, thus giving rise to “the Edge” technology. Before the idea of Edge Technology, there were complaints of latency which caused a major hindrance in achieving the best results. The bandwidth lapse has been overcome by the Edge technology. It is argued that by the year 2020, a total of about 5.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT) based devices will be using the Edge technology. Every car will become a data center because it will have to store and use the data. If the goal is to improve the auto-pilot experience where the driver just sits back and relaxes while the car is on the road making decisions itself the car will require this stored data.
Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, states that a car generates approximately 4 TB of data on a daily basis. With the Edge technology, the cars will turn themselves into data banks on wheels which will not only be able to store the data but also will keep it synced with the relevant cloud servers. The electric cars have made this process of installing Edge technology even easier because the process doesn’t involve wires and switches. It’s more like a plug-in play type of thing.
In a nutshell, the Edge technology promotes the idea of processing data on local systems rather than fetching and storing from the cloud. For all IoT products, it is going to be a significant advancement.
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