Cloud computing involves the movement of data or information to the internet using remote servers. This practice means the storage and management of data using the internet instead of local computers. The automotive manufacturing industry is a significant sector that can benefit from migration to the cloud. This industry is known for its focus on technology and innovation, which makes cloud computing a perfect fit. Cloud computing can be used to achieve the following in automotive:
- COST REDUCTION
Most automotive companies spend lots of money buying in-house infrastructures and IT hardware for data storage. They also spend money keeping these infrastructures up-to-date and also maintaining it. Cloud computing has provided a way to eradicate this. The data can now be uploaded to a remote server, and the service provider will be responsible for managing and repairing the servers, this helps companies push off the initial cost of a setting up the IT department with human resources and equipment and also the maintenance cost of managing and repairing the equipment.
- IMPROVEMENT IN VEHICLE SAFETY
Cloud computing has enabled smart or intelligent vehicles that warn drivers of impending doom or take necessary actions to avoid such situations. For example, many cars now alert drivers of dangerous road conditions, some even go a step further by taking action for the driver, e.g. a car brake going off just before a collision occurs. These improvements have helped to reduce the rate of accidents on the road as the driver is not the only “intelligent” mind in the car.
- IMPROVED CABIN SYSTEMS
Access to the cloud has made driving a car a fun activity. Most cars have GPS systems and also connect to the internet via the driver’s phone. One can now get traffic updates as opposed to checking their phones all the time while driving. Also, this relieves the automakers “infotainment” systems by using the cloud to get information about the driver and so updates to suit the driver’s needs.
- RISK REDUCTION
Automotive facilities can boost their security and minimize their risk of failures by doing something as simple as switching to the cloud. The cloud service providers have dedicated expert staffs that work all hours of every day managing and ensuring security at every point in time; these experts also carry out routine checks to avoid downtimes. In addition to this round the clock protection, cloud environments also create data and information backups, and the automotive company won’t be in the rain after an accidental loss of data. The most important task done by the service providers is delivering powerful security control (encryption).
- REDUCED COMPLEXITY
When it comes to the automotive industry, there is a lot of moving parts as well as data involved with producing a vehicle. The industry is complex and handling information relating to activities such as engineering simulations, business processes, demand, customer analysis, logistics and many more. Managing such information could be very tedious and hard to comprehend. However, the introduction of Cloud Computing to the industry, manufacturers can easily leverage the ease that the cloud environment provides to sort through data quickly and efficiently.