IDC market spotlight: The Car as Connected Platform — Interconnection Needs in the Automotive Industry

The future of the car itself is that of an open platform that will share data with a wide range of partners across an automotive ecosystem.

Lorenzo Veronesi & James Eibisch, IDC

All industries are in the grip of digital transformation today. The way that business is conducted is shifting from monolithic, on-premise IT systems to a platformbased model in which companies take part in ecosystems to share data and intelligence, and assemble solutions from third-party components. The automotive industry is seeing this new paradigm extend to its core product: the future of the car itself is that of an open platform that will share data with a wide range of partners across an automotive ecosystem.

This vision requires high levels of connectivity from the car — both with objects in the immediate environment (V2X, or vehicle-to-X communication) and, in the future, with partners in the ecosystem via 5G access to cloud-based platforms. These platforms and the ecosystems that run on them will clearly require robust, secure, and performant infrastructure. And these requirements will only increase over time as cars become ever-more dependent on access to the platforms.

This IDC Mini Market Spotlight examines the emergence of interconnection platforms that provide the infrastructure that will underpin these emerging ecosystems within the automotive industry, and so enable the vision to become reality.

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