Toyota joins Intel to create self-driving car 'ecosystem'

Industry leaders in the self-driving car race have teamed up to create an 'ecosystem' to push the technology further.

Intel and Toyota, among others, announced today they have joined forces to create the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium.

The companies plan to share data to boost the creation of maps and improved driver assistance technology.

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Intel and Toyota, among others, announced today they have joined forces to create the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium. The companies plan to share data to boost the creation of maps and improved driver assistance technology

Intel and Toyota, among others, announced today they have joined forces to create the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium. The companies plan to share data to boost the creation of maps and improved driver assistance technology

THE CONSORTIUM 

Several firms just joined forces to create the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium.

This includes Intel, DENSO, Ericsson, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO and both the Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

They plan to share data to create a self-driving car 'ecosystem' and push technology in the space, including maps and intelligent driving.

They will also focus on increasing network capacity to accommodate automotive big data between vehicles and the cloud.

It's estimated that the data volume between vehicles and the cloud will reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, which is approximately 10,000 times larger than the present volume.

The collaboration of global companies will ensure the new architectures created to handle the expected data increase will meet applicable standards.

'The objective of the consortium is to develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing,' the announcement reads.

Also joining the consortium are DENSO, Ericsson, Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO.

Both Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are part of the group as well, and the group is looking to expand to include other firms as time goes on.

'In the coming months, the aforementioned companies will initiate activities to invite relevant global technology leaders and expand the consortium,' Toyota says. 

Overall, the consortium will focus on increasing network capacity to accommodate automotive big data between vehicles and the cloud.

It's estimated that the data volume between vehicles and the cloud will reach 10 exabytes per month around 2025, which is approximately 10,000 times larger than the present volume.

New architectures of network and computing structure will be necessary to handle the expected increase, and gathering several global companies to collaborate will be the best way to make sure the new architectures meet applicable standards.

The consortium will define requirements and develop use cases for emerging mobile devices with a particular focus on the automotive industry, bringing them to standards bodies, industry consortiums and solution providers. 

New architectures of network and computing structure will be necessary to handle the expected increase, and gathering several global companies to collaborate will be the best way to make sure the new architectures meet applicable standards

New architectures of network and computing structure will be necessary to handle the expected increase, and gathering several global companies to collaborate will be the best way to make sure the new architectures meet applicable standards

It will also encourage the development of best practices for the distributed and layered computing approach recommended by the members.

Earlier this week, Intel announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli

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