Toyota, Intel Form Big Data Group for Automotive Tech in Connected Cars

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Aug. 11, 2017—Toyota, Intel and other technology and auto companies are forming a consortium to create an ecosystem for big data used in connected cars, Toyota automaker said on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

Swiss telecom equipment maker Ericsson, Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp and telecoms firm NTT DoCoMo Inc are also part of the big data group, called the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium.

The consortium aims to use data to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, creating maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing, Toyota said in a statement.

Easier access to OEM data will be crucial for repair shops as vehicle technology becomes more advanced, said Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and CTO of Nexar, a company that builds vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) networks.

One of the most exciting parts of Nexar’s V2V networks, he says, is its ability to instantly generate 7–8-page collision reports in the case of an accident, which is only made possible through instantaneous access to repair information after an accident.

“We use the information we gather from AI in an instance of a collision,” he says. “And we use the camera footage, as well as the sensor fusion, so the accelerator, the GPS, the magnetometer, that is built into the smartphone to create automatically a collision report that really has charts and measures what happens millisecond by millisecond. It removes a lot of the uncertainty, a lot of the claim investigation.”

Data volume between vehicles and the cloud is expected to reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, about 10,000 times larger than at present, Toyota said.

Last week, Toyota and smaller rival Mazda Motor Corp. said that they would work jointly on producing electric and connected cars.


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