Gartner’s Projections on the Car and the Cloud Point to a Future of Surprises
Before Gartner offered its predictions for the cloud and IT sectors towards the end of 2012, the firm had already placed forecasts for the auto industry at the beginning of the same year. The most significant of these was that by December, the sales of electric vehicles across the US, would have reached a hundred thousand. The prediction would make this a potential hike from the eighteen thousand that customers purchased in the preceding year.
The most significant influences for this are twofold:
- Emergence of competitive brands.
- Lowering of vehicle costs and possible slicing of battery costs due to hybrid tech.
There are competitive brands that have entered with much ado into the cloud. Besides improving their models’ vehicular designs, they are also transforming their infotainment dispensations. These, luckily enough for enthusiasts, have managed to cling to the electric vehicle niche, thus helping to slash the cost. There is a car maker that began its offerings at a mere $29,120, which represented a sheer six thousand-dollar cut from what its rivals were offering at the time.
Because they come from prime assembly brands, the vehicle hybrids systems are made more intelligent by the cloud. For example, those that rely on plug-ins can always forewarn the driver and communicate with recharging terminals where and when to stop. This is deemed to prevent congestion or extinguishing of residential mains. Otherwise, they will be relying on battery backup when there is a shortage of power over the main.
Other beneficiaries are tech giants that retail batteries. Gartner did not give a guideline on whether they would slash their costs to align with reduction in vehicle prices. Be it as it may, the firm foresees a rise of these kinds of vehicles in the US, by 2015, to number a million. In china, the trend is towards what they term as eco-friendly automotives. They aim, by the help of the cloud and other technologies, to realize the goal of having five hundred thousand vehicles of such design at the same period as that of the US. Still, this might be difficult because certain urban centers are restricting the emergence of more automobiles into their jurisdictions to reduce the yearly jams on the roads. Perhaps they should tap into cloud computing to help monitor traffic situations where each driver connects to another in different streets.
Directly or indirectly, the cloud may have an influence on the way the world makes electric cars increase on the roads. As the research costs reduce due to available resources online, it will now be possible to purchase autos that are excessively low in the buying price in comparison with how they used to cost in years gone. The fact that a vehicle enjoying the same technology can have a six thousand-dollar deficit in retail value can only be explicable in the sense of the integration of technology to make testing and experimentation, before building a product, almost free. With more brands going into what appeared to be impossible, years ago, it is easy to say that cars are the next movers of IT-surprise analysts are watching with all eyes and arms open.
By John Omwamba