Cloud-based technology has become commonplace over the last few years and with autonomous features becoming more prevalent in the motoring industry, the need to connect cars over a cloud will become more important.
In an interview with Automotive World, Georg Doll, automotive managing director at Luxoft, a specialist IT provider, said the next challenge in the autonomous sector is keeping cars connected.
Doll said: “The biggest challenge within the Internet of Things space is usage of the cloud, the distribution of functions, and keeping the vehicle operational while you don’t have a fully connected network.
“We will have vehicles in conditions where they simply have no network coverage – or at least very low network coverage. In those situations, drivers still need to be able to operate the vehicle, and will expect minimal function degradation.”
With car software becoming more manageable over a wireless network, the need for over-the-air updates will become more beneficial for the running of the car, as minor software flaws could be fixed whilst the car is on the move. Tesla demonstrated this with their Model S Autopilot update last October.
In terms of autonomous driving, a cloud system would ensure that provided there is a good connection and according to Luxoft, they are utilising the cloud to help provide rolling updates to keep the car and driver as up-to-date as possible.
Doll continued: “You can build behaviour patterns from driving data so that the car can make decisions on its own. We are talking about how to optimise communication between the vehicle and the cloud not for constantly changing data, but for live data.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.