Cars are unlikely to become computers more than transportation
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Recently, advances in ADAS technology have led some people in and outside the industry to say that vehicle “brains” will approach, if not equal, the status of supercomputers. Let’s take a quick look at this myth before diving into the more interesting reality.
SA Applin, a cultural anthropology researcher at HRAF, who focuses on the impact of technology on society, said bluntly that this is impossible. “Supercomputers are exceptionally advanced devices. They can’t physically fit in a car and they can currently cost upwards of $500 million,” she said.
That being said, the power and range of in-vehicle systems are unquestionably and continually increasing. No, we will never ride monster computers dedicated to autonomously transporting us, but where could this ever-accelerating pace of innovation take us?
Some believe that embedded systems will become too powerful to sit idle and plan accordingly. Canadian next-generation vehicle maker Daymak said it is integrating cryptocurrency mining capability into its in-vehicle systems, which will come into effect with the 2023 Spiritus, a three-wheeled electric vehicle currently on pre-order. According to Daymak, its Nebula software platform will allow owners to not only mine cryptocurrencies, but also store them on the company’s proprietary crypto wallet. So, in other words, the Spiritus could theoretically exploit and happily hide when parked and waiting for its owner in the driveway, garage or on the street.
Maxwell Zhou, CEO of robo-truck and taxi developer DeepRoute.ai, is an ADAS executive who is skeptical of this out-of-car computing potential. He pointed out that “at this time it would be ideal if we could outsource the available computing power and apply it to other functions, but for highly automated vehicles computing power is positively correlated with cost, so , usually there is not much computing power left in reserve.
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