Manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers in the automotive sector are able to innovate and compete better when they are able to engage in the responsible and protected transfer of data across borders. Data transfers are important from initial conception and design to finished vehicle delivery and post-sale operations.
  • Cross-border data transfers and global automotive engineering. Data transfers are essential to industrial lifecycle management and virtualized engineering (e.g., digital twins) in global automotive design processes today. Data transfers enable global engineering teams to collaborate and innovate across borders at every stage of the product development cycle.
  • Cross-border industrial cloud. Cross-border data transfers improve end-to-end visibility across an automotive supply chain comprising thousands of global facilities delivering millions of parts on a daily basis. Smart factories also rely on Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and robots to improve control over the manufacturing process from data centers across the world, thanks to the seamless transfer of data across borders.
  • Cross-border enhanced safety and maintenance. Cross-border data transfers can be important to remote, digitally-enabled predictive maintenance. By 2022, an estimated 200+ million vehicles worldwide will have Over-the-Air (OTA) update capability — allowing auto manufacturers to seamlessly address energy efficiency, safety, or other performance issues via satellite- and cloud-enabled software updates. Similarly, sensors throughout the vehicle allow for on-the-road monitoring and predictive maintenance via cross-border cloud-enabled technologies.
  • Cross-border automotive connectivity. Cross-border data transfers can also help autonomous and other connected vehicles reach their full potential. Connected vehicles generate some 30 terabytes of data each day, and highly automated vehicles will be generating ten-fold more data. Automotive maintenance and fleet operations depends upon connectivity for real-time transmission and analytics of this vehicular data across borders. Vehicle safety can be improved by sharing road and vehicle data — traffic and weather conditions, anonymized performance information from sensors, etc. — to and from roadway operators’ cloud-based or edge data centers, and shared for analysis with service providers (e.g., weather apps).