Toyota team up with major players towards automotive tech 0

Toyota team up with major players towards automotive tech

Toyota has teamed up with a cluster of the tech industry’s major players to develop software that will help support self-driving cars and other future automotive advances.

The companies involved in the collaboration with Toyota are Denso, Ericsson, Intel and NTT Docomo. The collective are to be called the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium and have already stated that further names from the tech world will be recruited as members over the course of the year.

Concerns about data usage in the connected cars of the future is the primary reason for this collaboration. Factors such as real time mapping, driving assistance and being able to cope with other autonomous vehicles will need to be addressed as more take to the road.  

In a statement, the group said: “It is estimated that the data volume between vehicles and the cloud will reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, approximately 10,000 times larger than the present volume. This expected increase will trigger the need for new architectures of network and computing infrastructure to support distributed resources and topology-aware storage capacity,”

Scale wise, to put this into some sort of perspective: 10 exabytes = 10 billion gigabytes.

Toyota has been making large strides in the connected car arena. Early August saw the company acquire a stake in Mazda as it looks to advance its AI and autonomous tech push. A $100 million fund has also been setup to invest in AI startups.

 

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