As this article from The Wall Street Journal points out (behind a paywall), automobiles are becoming the focus of technology providers, including cloud providers. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve realized that cars are becoming software-defined. Any Tesla owner can tell you about some new capability or feature that was part of a software update.
Most auto manufacturers are moving in the same direction, providing a completely connected, software-defined product, albeit some more slowly than others. The core component is a cloud-delivered, back-end infrastructure that can support hundreds of thousands of cars with safety, entertainment, and performance services that set that car apart from the others. This is where the battles are going to be fought, with automobiles morphing into extensions of cloud services with each model-year release.
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