Saving Lives with Edge Computing and Autonomous Cars
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Saving Lives with Edge Computing and Autonomous Cars

Dave thanks for having us in your car today. Oh yeah, absolutely. This is very suitable for our topic on edge
processing and connected automobiles. Yeah, that’s right. You know, a lot of people when they think
of edge processing, they think of smartphones, or maybe IoT systems, or maybe a cell tower,
but actually a lot of edge processing goes on in our automobiles today. Interesting.. but how would that work in an
automobile? Well, so in addition to just running the operation
of the vehicle, the engine controls, and things of that sort, edge processing is responsible
for a lot of the safety features in cars now. So anti-lock breaks, traction control, collision
avoidance systems, cruise control. That’s all done by edge processing in real
time. So it seems like edge processing really helps
with safety on the road. Oh yeah absolutely. Thanks to edge processing in our vehicles
today, we’ll be able to avoid 276,000 accidents in the U.S. alone, and by 2030 that number
will go up to 2.5 million accidents that we’re able to avoid. Wow. 2.5 million accidents. That’s staggering. I definitely know some people who shouldn’t
be on the road. So, what’s preventing us from getting there? Well, while edge processing utilizes data
that’s being generated, most cars still don’t have those capabilities yet. In fact, in 2016, only 5% of the vehicles
on the road had these capabilities. As time goes on and we get into more sophisticated
capabilities even prior to autonomous vehicles, we’ll be able to improve the safety of our
vehicles even further. So that makes me think. What if the pace of innovation was digital? So, software defined, and then not locked
into a physical product lifecycle? Yeah that’s a great point. A lot of the edge processing in cars today
is fixed. From the day that the vehicle leaves the factory,
but if we could go from full fledged on-board computing, similar to the way smartphones
work where the apps are updated periodically, and improve the capabilities and accuracy,
we could continually improve the safety of vehicles over their entire life period. So it seems like edge safety features plus
on-board computers can dramatically improve accident prevention. Yeah that’s right. With full on-board computing and updatable
software, we believe that this year, we could save 4.7 million accidents on the road. That’s a huge improvement. Well, we’re almost at our destination. So what do you think the road ahead looks
like? Well I think it’s pretty exciting. We’ve got plenty of opportunity by shifting
from edge processing to full on-board computers in vehicles with updatable software and telemetry,
and that’s gonna help really drive additional safety on our roads, and that’ll make us not
only safer but more productive and it’ll improve our insurance rates. So it’ll be great all around. Great. Looking forward to that.

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