The evolution of the automotive sector in the face of ICT

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The automotive sector cannot remain unaware of ICT developments. It is estimated that by 2020, 90% of new cars will cover several types of connectivity platforms. ICT implantation in all areas does not stop growing and has gained special relevance on highways and cars.

E-car or connected car will be a smart car, more agile and ready to “communicate” with other vehicles, roads, satellites, attention services and logistics from transportation and devices carried by the driver himself.

New tools and new risks

ICTs that are applied to the automotive sector will reduce fuel consumption and consequently, CO2 emissions. Cars will continue in security and maintenance analysis, interact with drivers and passengers, will continue to be in touch with aid services and will offer connections to the Internet, social networks, and entertainment elements. Of course, you can drive alone and drive manually.

As in many new products and new technologies, the problem of smart cars will be on your computer, that is, in what makes it “smart.” The ‘hacking’ question that appears is clear, is the smart car as safe as it looks, or can someone enter the operating system to modify its function?

A variety of advantages that will make driving easier and safer. However, in the evolution of this transportation sector, risks are also implicit, and some of them are more related to computer security than failure in handcuffs.

In this way, the risks inherent in new technologies and searches for the Internet paved the way to IoT devices, such as theft of personal data or the spread of viruses and malware that can deactivate vehicles or parts of their operations. The car can be hijacked and opened or started remotely. This promises a future where cybersecurity must go beyond the desktop.

ICT has spread everywhere; in companies that affect the emergence of invoice maker, automatic graphic reader, and so on. In the health sector, it affects electronic health records … However, widespread the spread, security should be improved, and nothing is better than improving the associated cloud system security.

T-Systems stores in its Cloud a new generation of SEAT vehicle applications

SEAT is a good example. This is a multinational car company based in Spain. The company relies on T-Systems, a subsidiary of ICT services for large companies Deutsche Telekom, to accommodate car applications connected in Cloud infrastructure in German multinational companies.

For this reason, car manufacturers already have two environments for the development and publication of different applications launched on the market, which makes it possible to provide each SEAT application developer a different environment in one virtual Data Center. The implementation of this environment is done through the vCloud platform from T-Systems, which enables agile collaboration between various development companies involved in a project.

On the other hand, SEAT will also have a virtual Cloud infrastructure that allows testing and validation of applications before being launched in an environment that guarantees a high level of security and stability on both platforms. In this case, the application and development company or environment series does not store user data, so the privacy of SEAT drivers is guaranteed. It seems that ICT will change the face of global automotive, starting from North America, Europe, and East Asia.