Autonomous Vehicles, New Mobility & the Built Environment Internet of Everything Software Defined Network

300 Gbytes of Data Per Month Per Car

300 Gigabytes of data per month per car is what Cisco Systems projects when connected and autonomous vehicles.fill the roadways. Speaking at the TIA’s Connected Car Workshop and in the above interview at that event, Andreas Mai, Director of Smart Connected Vehicles for Cisco Systems, discusses the impact that this much connectivity will have on infrastructure, as well as the more nuanced aspects of data ownership.

He suggests a heterogeneous network infrastructure, that could include a combination of private and public infrastructure, will be required to create reliable connectivity and could include a mix of LTE, WiFi, Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) and, sometimes, satellite. Interestingly, 300 Gigabytes is greater than what some ISPs provide today as a monthly allotment for wired networks.

Latency is critical for the safety aspect of connected vehicles and the solution he suggests is processing near the network ingress/egress points; what Cisco calls Fog or cloud-like capability very close to the client (or vehicle, in this case). Implicit in delivering the kind of bandwidth that Mai suggests will be needed, will be a robust fiber backbone infrastructure.

Of course, security and ownership of data is a big issue today with regards to cloud applications. He points out that, to achieve the biggest societal benefit, it may make sense to treat at least some of the connected vehicle data as a public good (e.g. car braking). Of course, there is some information, such as route information, that would have to be kept as private or, if shared, done so in an anonymous manner.

These are the type of questions that need to be addressed and, as was suggested at the conference, perhaps ethicists need to be regular panelists at these sort of discussions.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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