The hype around self-driving cars keeps reaching new heights, with most pundits focusing on their immediate innovation and novelty. Intel’s recent $15 billion acquisition of Mobileye, which makes self-driving sensors and software, illustrates the immense potential of this opportunity. It also highlights, however, what many have yet to grasp: The true transformation isn’t the self-driving car, it’s the underlying digital technology.
The sensors and other necessary systems in a self-driving car will roughly generate and consume five terabytes of data every day. At 65 miles per hour, one second latency can separate life from death, so much of this data will need to be acted upon quickly.
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