The Internet of Things is affecting pretty much everything and cars are in the vanguard of this change, as various players move their offerings and services inside more vehicles. Cars already offer 4G and WiFi connectivity, work smoothly with smart watches and smart phones, and provide access to masses of data, including real-time navigation. Beyond that there is a wider world of information services and content, not to mention information to help improve car care, security, and many other functions.
So-called V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology is also on the way. V2V will allow all vehicles to communicate with one another, on road conditions, weather, traffic patterns, bottlenecks, etc. The goal is to improve road safety and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, many times per second. The technology is so promising that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working on a regulatory proposal to require V2V devices in new vehicles in the future.
Self-driving or autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon add to this flood of data. Google’s test fleet of AVs has driven over 700,000 accident-free highway and city miles – equivalent to several normal lifetimes of safe driving. Each car’s array of sensors, including cameras and lidar detectors, scan the road continuously, generating gigabits of data per second to be processed by the onboard computers.
Quite soon, your car’s seat will be the control terminal for a data center of the highway, a true rolling data center. The obvious question is: how secure will this tsunami of rolling data be and what are the legal and privacy implications?
This BrightTalk session will review the rolling data center concept from the viewpoint of cyber-security and data privacy and investigate the issues and likely effects on us as consumers.