Storage Capacity Requirement for Autonomous Vehicles in the Next Decade


Automotive innovation across the last decade or two has largely been about hardware platform evolution. This can be seen in the improved efficiency of internal combustion engines. However, during the last few years, the automotive industry is starting to undergo a significant transformation. We are now seeing glimpses of what cars will become in the coming decades. Vehicles of the future will be electric or hybrid, be connected, and increasingly be capable of making decisions. This will lead, eventually, to the emergence of fully autonomous cars.

To become connected and autonomous, vehicles need to incorporate advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), that ultimately will be capable of taking control of the vehicle from the human driver. These vehicles will be designed to continuously accumulate, process, and share data. This data will be used to inform everything from training artificial intelligence systems to developing new business models. Counterpoint’s research estimates that over the next decade, the storage capacities needed will be ranging from a minimum of 2TB to as much as 11TB to support the needs of in-vehicle storage at different autonomy levels.

Table of Contents:

  • Background
  • Counterpoint Research Trust Rankings
  • Four Pillars of Trust Rankings
    • Security Updates
    • Software Updates
    • Build Quality and Testing
    • Enterprise Business Recommended
  • Key takeaways
  • Executive Summary
  • The Evolution of Autonomous Vehicles
    • Sensor Network: Building Blocks of an Autonomous Vehicle
    • Market Penetration Roadmap for Autonomous Vehicles
  • The Role of Data in Autonomous Vehicles
    • How Much Data Will Autonomous Vehicles Generate?
    • Data Storage in Autonomous Vehicles
    • Data Storage Strategies
  • The Opportunity for Storage Players in Autonomous Vehicles
    • Automotive Specific Storage Solutions
  • Key takeaways

Number of Pages: 17
Author: Neil Shah, Brady Wang and Aman Madhok

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