Getting Ready For The Full-Blown Autonomous Vehicular Cloud  

 Getting Ready For The Full-Blown Autonomous Vehicular Cloud  

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   

Any farmer will tell you that sometimes a planted seed takes a while to grow. In the field of autonomous vehicles (AVs), there has been ongoing talk about the advent of the vehicular cloud. Someday, mark my words, the vehicular cloud will be a mighty redwood tree, and we’ll likely look back at the amazing aspect that it all began in such modest ways.   

Let’s take a deep dive into the expanding ways of how this specialized form of cloud computing is arising.    

As I’ve previously indicated in my columns, the use of cloud computing and the inclusion of the cloud as integrated into the emergence of autonomous vehicles portends a quite vital match. When I refer to autonomous vehicles, perhaps a more commonly used vernacular would be to mention self-driving vehicles (note that today’s headlines usually refer to self-driving rather than using the somewhat formalized and academic-sounding AV moniker). For purposes of this discussion, consider that the notion of self-driving and the notion of autonomous vehicles are generally the same. 

There will be self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving motorcycles, self-driving drones, self-driving submersibles, self-driving planes, self-driving ships, and so on. These are everyday forms of transportation that will entail an AI-based driving or piloting system that is at the wheel of the craft. The basis for garnering the acclaimed banner of being autonomous will be because the vehicle will be entirely operated by machine and without the need for any human-guided effort.   

An especially notable intertwining of self-driving vehicles in conjunction with the cloud entails the capability of using OTA (Over-The-Air) electronic communications. The vehicle will have various onboard computer processors and hard drives or similar electronic-oriented memory technology, along with sensors for detecting the outside world, and will be equipped with communication devices for connecting with the cloud.   

The OTA will allow for software updates to be downloaded into the vehicle, providing a remote updating facility. In addition, data collected by the vehicle can be uploaded into the cloud. There is continuing debate about how much data should be kept in the vehicle versus pushed up into the cloud, along with strong viewpoints about the implications of having these “roving eyes” amid the plethora of data that will be collectible.   

Okay, so there are these self-driving vehicles, and they are going to be leveraging the use of the cloud.   

The cloud can provide a place to store data that was first obtained via self-driving vehicles. Also, the cloud can make use of vast and powerful computing resources that are otherwise not readily encompassed within the vehicles themselves. The c


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