Around 3,000 engineers from Bosch in both Stuttgart and Bengaluru are putting their brains – figuratively speaking – into a super brain that can crunch 30 trillion data points per second and process data three times faster than a human brain can.
It is designed to make no mistakes. This is what Yuval Noah Harari predicted would be the next phase of evolution of homo sapiens—connected to all things around us. To begin with it will be put in cars and help protect our environment and provide us with safe driving.
“SOCIETIES MUST DECIDE HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THEIR CULTURES, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IN 20 YEARS’ TIME, 41 MEGACITIES WILL BE HOME TO 6 BILLION PEOPLE.” — ROLF BULANDER, CHAIRMAN FOR BOSCH MOBILITY
The engineers from Bosch, together with Daimler, formed an alliance to put self-driving cars on the roads this year.
According to Robert Bosch, cars will have gesture and voice control. The objective of this technology is to save lives as most accidents are caused by human error and automated and driverless cars can reduce that.
The leaders at Bosch do not find many startups that are making significant advancement in AI technologies. They say there are not many who are involved in this technology, and therefore, they are putting in their own investments and make use of their existing capabilities.
Emission-free robocabs are already being experimented in the US. Many automakers are making their contribution to this development. Such as Tesla Motors in California, and Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) in Pune.
In the mountains of Bad Mergentheim and Boxberg in Germany, 20 prototypes of cars with the super brain chips are being tested. The technology is now there since a year and Bosch has seen revenues of €1 billion from the sale of these sensors with an order book value of €3.5 billion. This is all leading to a future where a car will be not just a tool for mobility but more of an intelligent companion.
Car manufacturers will have to collaborate with IT services and analytics companies to make cars intelligent. Most likely Microsoft, SAP, IBM, and Amazon are the companies car manufacturers will collaborate with.
M&M is already collecting data from the tractors of 5,000 farmers to achieve similar developments. Companies like Savari Inc., a Bengaluru-based car-to-cloud infrastructure company, has collected data of more than 15 million miles driven on connected cars.
“IN THREE YEARS, CARS ARE GOING TO CONNECT WITH CITIES. NEW YORK IS ALREADY EXPERIMENTING WITH SUCH TECHNOLOGIES.” —SAIGHIRIDHAR V, SENIOR ENGINEERING DIRECTOR AT SAVARI INC.
Bosch is investing €300 million in AI and is set to spend €1 billion on setting up a semiconductor factory that will manufacture the chips that will power AI technologies.
Indian IT service companies can monetise by offering solutions to such auto makers. A connected car generates 1GB of data per second. Processing and making sense of this data requires AI platforms. The crunching of this data at the service point for the customer can be done by analytics business units of IT services companies.
Rubrik, an Indian-run startup that also operates out of the Bay Area in the US, has raised $292 million in three years of its existence because its technology can replicate data copies across multiple clouds and be presented to CIOs for quick decision-making.
“THE PROBLEM IS THAT CIOS HAVE STILL NOT UNDERSTOOD THE BUSINESS OUTCOMES OF THE FUTURE AND WHY DATA NEEDS TO BE COPIED ACROSS CLOUDS” —BIPUL SINHA, CO-FOUNDER OF RUBRIK
Data generated by cars will be crunched by automobile companies with the help of solutions provided by Indian analytics companies. The statistical modelling required for such tasks need new skills which are already being provided by edtech companies like Simplilearn, Jigsaw Academy, Vedantu, and Edureka.
This is not the far future. In fact, by 2030, we will see such set ups maturing. Indian society as a whole will need to reinvent itself with the changes that AI brings to our lives. There is no stopping to AI. It is only smart for governments, corporations, and citizens to adopt it well.