Monday, October 31, 2011 10:41:48 AM
Many industries have begun using cloud computing as a method to create new and interesting advances in applicable technology. CNet recently published an article explaining that the auto industry is on its way to being revolutionized by the cloud industry, especially in the sense of interior car designs.
According to the source, the auto industry is beginning to take an approach to cloud adoption similar to that of the telecommunications sector. Much in the way phones and tablets are becoming smaller with greater amounts of virtual storage capabilities, the auto industry expects to reduce the need for much of the physical clutter in cars using the technology.
The most obvious changes, in terms of aesthetics, will be in the center console, the source notes. The clouds capabilities will allow drivers to have a more streamlined control system in their vehicles, potentially helping to direct more focus toward the actual act of driving and not changing radio stations or temperature control.
The auto industry would not be the first to adopt cloud computing as a means of improving technological design. Last year, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that it had already begun using the technology for deep space missions.
One of the first purposes for the cloud in the JPL was for a study of images of Saturn. "They downloaded 180,000 images and we wanted to tile those, and put a mosaic around them to process the images," Tomas Soderstrom, chief technology officer of the JPL told GovInforSecurity. "We ran them through the lab and they took 15 days of straight 24-by-7 processing, and it still wasn't finished."
After adopting the cloud, GCN notes, the JPL was able to do the same job in five hours for a grand total of $200. "For us, that was real validation," Soderstrom added.
The JPL's aggressive cloud adoption quelled the security concerns of many other high profile organizations, both in the public and private sectors, as officials in the lab have expressed confidence that the technology can maintain the requirements of even the most sensitive data. As for adoption of the service in the automotive industry, Jon Bucci, vice president of advanced technology for Toyota, expressed his focus on the technology. "We need to recognize that, and we have responsibility to the customer to make sure they can interact with the right content at the right time, begetting the fact that they're in a vehicle," he told CNet.
-McAfee Cloud Security