Cloud technology offers keys to the connected car future for OTA updates & more

connectedcarplatform​ABI has a new report out, explaining why by 2020, more than 40 million cloud-enabled vehicles will ship per year. Automakers won’t have their head units totally based on the cloud, however, the cloud will be needed for updates and out-of-the-car connections or services.

The report states that cloud-based 4G LTE broadband is at first being driven by infotainment including navigation, social media, music and Wi-Fi hotspots. More importantly, advanced services such as Over-the-Air updates, data analytics, car-to-Internet-to-home-to-grid and self-driving will push cloud adoption for automakers.

Hybrid systems are needed to ensure that it is always working. An example of a hybrid system is HERE, it has navigation onboard but also can connect for traffic updates.

Vehicle-centric and safety features such as ADAS and automated driving will have use on on-board processing due to low latency and reliability requirements for features such as collision detection, while the cloud playing a complementary role.

“It is this delicate balance between on-board and cloud-based service delivery that will constitute the very character of next-generation connected car solutions,” says VP and Practice Director Dominique Bonte, from ABI research.

The adoption cloud platforms adds to privacy and security concerns which in turn impacts safety.

The cloud is used best for real-time monitoring and updates, to remotely fix security gaps, like BMW was able to do, last year.

The report notes that that big IT companies Microsoft and IBM, but also vendors such as Ericsson and Verizon, are positioning themselves as key providers in this new automotive environment.

ABI recently published the report titled, “Connected Vehicle Cloud Platforms.” Connected vehicle platform covered in the report include:

  • HERE Auto / Companion
  • Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud
  • Airbiquity Choreo Connected Car Platform
  • WirelessCar
  • deCarta
  • Covisint
  • CloudCar
  • OpenCar
  • IBM
  • Orange
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Arynga
  • GM OnStar
  • SiriusXM (Agero)
  • AT&T
  • Verizon Telematics
  • Magellan
  • Telenav
  • NNG
  • TomTom
  • TCS
  • UIEvolution