By 2020 we will have 50 billion internet-enabled devices and connected car recently became one of the links in the Internet of Things chain encompassing all intelligent devices. Integrated with home systems it is able access users’ content on the go. Connected car technology can be looked at from several functional areas:
- Autonomous driving: currently the most talked about and fastest growing feature, which is being driven primarily by growing demand in China and the US. Although some functionalities such as autonomous parking and congestion navigation are already included, full deployment is expected to take off only between 2020 and 2025
- Safety: another of the key selling points for the connected car driven by a high demand from China. Includes danger warning and collision prevention systems. Increasingly popular sensors provide a steady stream of data on vehicle movements, wear and tear, and outside conditions. Advanced features allows the car to analyze the data and issue controls to stay in the lane, brake on its own, maintain safe distance from the car in front or even change lanes.
- Entertainment: especially in Asia it is considered a basic automotive function. Customers expect seamless integration with personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables and various types of storage. This includes unrestricted access to the content on the go, traffic information and up to date navigation.
- Well-being: following safety concerns this feature is starting to gain traction with fatigue detection systems and emergency breaking in case driver blacks out.
- Vehicle management: important for car brands to schedule remote software updates and monitor performance.
- Mobility management: recommendation system for navigation based on constant flow of information that needs to be analyzed and processed in the real time.
- Home integration: as customers are embracing home automation they expect to expand that experience to the car being able to access content stored stored at home and remotely control house environment.
Connected Car Challenges
As smart cars are slowly turning into mini connected data centers the flash memory is used as a default storage. Intensive use through always-on apps, which download and write data around the clock, can wear out the physical flash memory limited by the number of write cycles. Optimized for flash, Tuxera solutions reduce flash memory wear-out, significantly extending the system’s lifetime.
Autonomous driving and advanced safety features require constant recording of huge amount of data from cameras and sensors, which can cause memory corruption. Tuxera prevents file system corruption and ensures 100% data and system integrity in every possible scenario. It also maintains multiple data recording streams running at the highest speeds possible for an extended period of time so there are no delays in data access.
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