Self-driving Cars Will Create 2 Petabytes Of Data, What Are The Big Data Opportunities For The Car Industry?
Earlier I showed how Ford is driving in the right direction with big data, but basically the entire automotive industry should take advantage of the benefits of big data. Especially the automotive industry, where there are many moving parts that can be improved with sensors for data collection. When sensors within cars are combined with data from satellite navigations such as TomTom and traffic conditions, cars are becoming smarter rapidly and it won’t be long before they can drive independently, as Google already proved is possible.
There are a many opportunities with the sensors. Cars outfitted with sensors have the potential to identify unusual events in real-time and to proactively take actions on potential performance issues. A car owner can be informed upfront that a problem is about to happen and could even make an appointment with the nearest car maintenance workshop. In the future when a car owner has linked its agenda to the car, the car can make the appointment directly into the agenda of the car owner and the nearest maintenance workshop.
Although that might sound a bit futuristic, the onboard sensors already give the manufactures a lot of information about how the cars are used. How fast someone drives or hits the brakes and how the cars respond to this. The behavior of the driver and the performance of the car can be monitored 24/7. It will help car companies to quickly pinpoint the areas for upgrading and adjust the car appropriately. Time to market for new cars will be shortened.