There was a time when the automotive industry was insulated, self-contained, and separated from the rest of the world. However, as more and more tech giants and other interlopers invade the industry (often at the behest of legacy automakers), the message becomes clear in a hurry: The automotive sector is radically changing right before our very eyes.
The latest example that serves to prove this point? How about the fact that Volkswagen has turned to Silicon Valley (specifically Nvidia and Aquantia Corp.) to bolster its position in a future that is less about traditional auto sales and more about capturing the rising interest in connected cars, autonomous vehicle technology, and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS)?
Known as the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles Alliance, Jim Henry of Automotive News reports that this partnership covers Volkswagen, the aforementioned tech outfits, and German parts suppliers Robert Bosch GmbH and Continental AG. Together, this team hopes to standardize specifications for upcoming autonomous vehicle tech that relates to the transference of data and multi-gigabyte networking, create common procedures for computer and sensor testing in these prototypes, and otherwise ease the transition of the industry from its traditional roots into its imminent, tech-centric future.
In other words, Volkswagen and its alliance partners hope to unify the various disparate technologies currently being utilized by other companies chasing market-ready autonomous vehicles and ensure that once humankind is ready to hand over the wheel to artificial intelligence (A.I) for good, this changing of the guard flows as smoothly and safely as possible.
As we've seen before with the formation of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) and other similar groups, inter-industry alliances are nothing new for the modern automotive marketplace. In fact, Henry goes on to report that Volkswagen hopes to entice even more tech and automotive leaders to join its fledgling alliance in an effort to expedite the process of standardizing autonomous vehicle technology.
Will the efforts of Volkswagen and its newly announced partners help bring autonomous vehicles to your dealership's showroom floor sooner than expected? How will unifying this technology increase the effectiveness of MaaS services, which potentially stand as the biggest threat to the traditional automotive marketplace? To dig into these questions and capture a better understanding of the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles Alliance and its stated goals for the future of the automotive world, be sure to catch the full story from Henry on the other side of the link below.