How IaaS helps develop the car market

The emergence of self-managed cars and the development of the carseeing literally in a few years has transformed the automobile industry and the passenger transportation market. Many services quickly showed results and captured a significant share of this market due to active use of virtual infrastructure . More about this - under the cut.
How IaaS helps develop the car market

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There are three main types of carsharing services: car rental (ZipCar, BelkaCar), variations of private carriage (Uber, Yandex.Taxi, Blablacar) and trips without a driver. All three types combine incredible growth rates of demand. According to Forecast ABI Research, by 203? 650 million people will use such services.
The first attempts to create services for the joint use of cars were undertaken back in 1948 in Zurich, but due to the lack of scalable control systems and the access of customers to transport, the project did not take root. However, the development of IT technologies and GPS navigation led to a rapid development of the market. In 201? 7 million people already have used car-sharingom throughout the world, and according to Research Deloitte until 202? the annual growth rate of this market will be 32%.
IaaS play an important role in this development. Since the first days of its existence the service BelkaCar involved Cloud infrastructure due to the possibility of rapid scaling. Service was difficult to predict the volume of loads in the new market, and already in the first year of the company's operation it was planned to increase the number of cars from 100 to 500.
The analogous situation is occurred with Bulweria, the developer of the universal platform for carding (CUP). The platform is involved in more than 25 countries. With the help of virtual infrastructure, the company was able to process data from hundreds of machines and quickly scale the platform within a couple of months.
Domenico Mangiacapra, director of business development at Bulweria, said: "The market of karsharinga exploded. Manage a huge fleet of machines without cloud technology was unrealistic. For every thousand dollars spent on the cloud, we would have to spend many times more if we used the old approaches. "
Another plus of IaaS is the ability to encapsulate or isolate services within the company. At the stage of launching BelkaCar part of the services in PHP was used. for solving trivial problems. For working with sockets - Python and NodeJS, the main database is PostgreSQL 9.? and for raw data - MongoDB. The cloud easily allows you to maintain such a distributed system with the ability to quickly increase the performance of an individual service during the day.
Used in security systems

Driving the car as before, the second most dangerous method of movement after a motorcycle. In this regard, there are more and more services designed to ensure the safety of driving. One example of such solutions is the PotHole Alert technology developed by Land Rover. The technology allows you to scan roads for pits, potholes, open hatches, and warn drivers about dangerous areas. Land Rover plans to use cloud technology to convey information about the approaching danger of other drivers, and also to create road maps taking into account hazardous areas.
Another way to improve the level of security is timely diagnostics. An example of a service is MECH5. Using the OEM protocol, the service collects data on the vehicle condition, detects malfunctions, and generates vehicle health reports in the X-LInk cloud application interface. IaaS infrastructure allows the service to work in real time, and find the nearest service stations for troubleshooting.
I actively use IaaS technology in my work and the giant industry of General Motors (GM). In 201? the GM has spent $ 130 million to create your own cloud center to support the company's operations. Cloud allowed GM to carry out virtual simulations of crash tests, each time saving 350 thousand dollars on carrying out such tests with real machines.
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Helps to modernize the work of car dealers

Analysts from the consulting agency Frost & Sullivan claim , that in the next 10-15 years the auto market will radically change. More than 70% of car sales will be carried out through the Internet, and dealers and manufacturers will invest up to $ 5 billion in the computerization of the sales process. Competition in the market, existing from the 1860s, forcing them to use any technology that allows them to gain a competitive advantage. One such technology is IaaS.
Since 201? one of the largest St. Petersburg automobile holdings Terra-auto translated its infrastructure in the cloud: critical services, customer service, terminals, databases and servers.
The advantage of cloud outsourcing is the ability to scale services at the right time, given the seasonality of the car sales market. Also IaaS allows the company to easily implement projects with an ever-increasing number of participants, for example, support programs for novice motorists or large families.
Cloud technologies help to keep the software of the produced machines up to date. For example, Ford uses cloud services to solve this problem. The cloud allows you to update the navigation, communication and entertainment systems of the car in the background, without the need for the intervention of the owner. The renewal extends to the products released by the age of up to 10 years, which increases the value of such machines in the secondary market.

What's next

Self-managed cars are already becoming a part of our life. In early 201? General Motors, in collaboration with Lyft, presented a test project for autonomous vehicles in Texas, and in the middle of the same year, nuTonomy has launched a similar experiment in Singapore. Moreover, nuTonomy plans to expand its activities to 9 more cities in America, Asia, and Europe by 2020.
By opinion experts from McKinsey, self-governing cars will be able to save up to 30 thousand lives annually. Such cars can be used both in the private sector and in the industrial transport sector. Cloud technology will allow you to quickly load the actual routes and information about traffic. The most important breakthrough is will be the ability of cars to interact with each other through the cloud. This will lead to the formation of a safe transport ecosystem that will be able to self-regulate, predict road conditions and traffic jams.
Another trend is the development of open-source software for cars. So, General Motors released NGI SDK, which allows third-party developers to run and test their applications for cars. For such initiatives, IaaS acts as a platform and interaction environment for developers with the manufacturer, contributing to an open process of optimizing and improving the safety of auto-applications.
More materials in the First blog about the corporate IaaS:
As a carrier, BelkaCar uses the cloud IaaS "IT GRAD"
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