Though most people have never seen or been inside a working data centre, almost everything we do in daily life depends on one. From communicating with friends and family via smartphones and email to purchasing your groceries using electronic payment, so many of our actions are sent to data centres. Things we do and take for granted wouldn’t be possible without data facilities all over the world.
It’s not just the things we do online which are processed in data centres – they are becoming a major part of our lifestyles. Connected cars are expected to surge in popularity in the next few years, which means even mobile vehicles will be able to connect to the internet. Car manufacturers will be collecting data from each of its vehicles on the road, which sets a new and unique range of challenges and opportunities.
New Data Centre Opportunities
Recently, Ford announced that it was to build a brand new data centre to cope with data storage requirements from its connected cars. Experts predict there will be over 380 million connected cars on the road by 2021 and consumers are adopting the concept faster than anticipated. Internet enabled car manufacturers such as Ford hope to use global data insights and analytics to improve services and analyse driver data to improve safety.
The adoption of connected cars will also change the insurance market, and apps for cars could let businesses ‘spy’ on their employees. Vehicles will be connected to the internet at all times, meaning they can always be found. Mileage can also be accurately tracked for tax relief and the purpose of expenses.
Insurance companies are also likely to use driver data from connected vehicles to offer deals related to driving habits. By sharing driver data with insurance firms, drivers should expect to see a discount if their driving is deemed safe. There is also the opportunity for the technology to be used during accident claims, to identify the cause of the accidents and defend drivers from receiving the blame.
Will they be safer?
Advocates of the connected car claim that it has the potential to improve driver safety in a number of ways. The technology offers enhanced navigation and could give drivers feedback on their driving habits, while allowing motorists direct access to travel news and weather announcements.
Soon, absolutely every action you undertake in your day to day life will be processed in a data centre, even driving.