Cloud – The brains behind smart automobiles
The automobiles of today are equipped with a host of features that make driving a safer, more enjoyable experience. To make this happen, manufacturers leverage continuous, real-time inputs, such as geographical location, weather, speed of the automobile, etc. And the cloud stores all these data, processes large chunks of information at high speed and doles out actionable insights. Behind the scenes, these happen on large-scale data centers with enormous computing and storage capabilities.
Naturally, with great compute comes great energy consumption, and thus, a large carbon footprint. In fact, studies suggest that some of the world’s largest datacenters require more than 100 MW of power to operate, which is enough to power up to 80,000 homes in the United States!
With more and more automakers entering the connected car bandwagon, ‘green’ cloud computing has become a business imperative. While catering to the same workload and providing the same performance, Green Cloud Architecture (GCA) minimizes resource utilization, thereby reducing power consumption.
Sustainability is non-negotiable
With cloud utilization increasing at an exponential pace in the automotive sector, and even more so with the adoption of energy-intensive technologies like AI and blockchain, we’re reaching an inflection point to ensure the adoption of sustainable technologies. Interestingly, the mandate is gaining momentum across spheres, with customers, shareholders and employees expecting more from brands they trust.
Green cloud practices with the below examples help determine the auto industry’s future
· Environmental Conscious Partners: Players in the automotive industry must build their technology stacks in partnership with eco-conscious IT partners and encourage their IT partners to design energy-efficient digital components.
· Enabling Remote Working: IT Industry has no alternative to remote working due to the global pandemic disruption. Business owners has accepted this change as a new normal and research shows that remote working has increased productivity. This change is to continue will significantly reduce the carbon footprint
· Positioning Virtual Technologies: In all day-to-day operations, automakers must transform their IT infrastructure, ERP platforms, workplace services, application development and other facets to Virtual operations. And while entering strategic partnerships for these functions, organizations must prioritize ESG accomplishments of the service providers.
Go green with Infosys
At Infosys, climate change and technology for good are the cornerstones of our long-standing ESG commitments. Our induction into the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and turning carbon neutral 30 years ahead of 2050 are testimonies to our continued efforts in this direction. As an Infoscion, I’m inspired by how we’re espousing these not just as an internal objective bust also as a value proposition for our clients.