The Future of Connected Cars: What to do With All That Data?

The modern automobile has become a data collection machine. As you drive down the road, sensors in the car’s various systems report your speed, engine RPM, steering angle, brake pressure, and myriad other bits of information to the computers, perhaps several dozen of them, that control the vehicle’s functions.
But there are a couple of big problems with the data as it exists today. One is that most of the information collected is used, for example, in the computer that controls the traction control system, and immediately discarded. Second, sensors and processors in cars communicate over a variety of proprietary data buses that often cannot talk to each other, let alone the outside world.