Cisco and Oxbotica have announced a collaboration to tap into huge volumes of data generated by autonomous vehicles.
According to The Engineer, the partnership will result in a demonstration of how Cisco’s ‘OpenRoaming’ initiative could help unlock the potential of fully connected autonomous vehicle fleets, enabling seamless and secure sharing of high-volume data while on the move.
Autonomous vehicles make 150 independent vehicle detections every second and generate up to 80 GB of data per driven-hour from sensors such as LiDAR, cameras and RADAR.
According to the Engineer, this constant activity means amassing 1.2 TB of data in a 16-hour day, much of which is gathered when the vehicle returns to base.
Reports suggest that there could be around 70 million new connected vehicles by 2024.
No doubt, the volumes of data gathered by then will be too large to share efficiently and cost-effectively using existing 4G – or even emerging 5G networks.
This is where OpenRoaming steps in, promising to provide seamless wireless connection with automatic logins.
OpenRoaming enables devices to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi hotspots and networks without the need to enter usernames and passwords but instead using embedded credentials issued by identity providers.
Such an initiative could be particularly useful for connected vehicles, with opportunities for Wi-Fi hotspots to be deployed in locations such as gas stations, EV charging locations, parking structures and vehicle service centers.
As Cisco’s Wireless CTO Matt MacPherson points out: “Today’s autonomous vehicles generate enormous amounts of data when they operate.”
“The challenge is how to gather that information from the vehicle automatically and, perhaps more importantly, cost-effectively. Tomorrow’s connected cars will face the same issue.”
“OpenRoaming opens up the possibility of a cost-effective alternative for transporting high-volume data to and from the vehicle, autonomously.”
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