By Marjorie Dickman, Global Director & Managing Counsel of IoT Policy at Intel Corporation
At Intel, we like to say that the Internet of Things (IoT) is an overnight transformation thirty years in the making. We are energized by the transformational opportunities of the IoT – and transportation is one of the most promising sectors of the global IoT future. Intel sees vast potential in the IoT to improve transportation safety, mobility and efficiency as the automobile becomes an increasingly exciting and complex “data center on wheels.”
We are engaging with policymakers and collaborating with our auto industry and university partners to both re-imagine the car and re-envision the concept of transportation as a whole. Intel is committed to deploying our hardware, software and security expertise to deliver secure, efficient and reliable computing for the vehicle. Together with our partners, we will enable a future of zero accidents, mobility for all, environmental sustainability, reduced congestion and increased efficiency and productivity.
To get there, we’re focusing on technologies that are widely expected to not only keep pace with, but also drive, global IoT innovation in transportation: autonomous (self-driving) capabilities and 5th generation cellular (or 5G) for vehicles to reliably communicate with each other and the world around them. When purchasing a new car, consumers already are demanding – even expecting – autonomous technologies like predictive collision warning, parking assist and active lane control. Intel is working with our partners to further advance these technologies and deliver a fully autonomous vehicle by 2020.
To accelerate these exciting IoT transformations in the U.S., both the public and private sectors would benefit from investing in more government-industry partnerships. In addition to the historical transportation and automotive industries, it is important to include tech industry stakeholders like Intel to bolster the nation’s global competitiveness. To bring this message to Washington, Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the IoT Group at Intel, will testify today at a Senate subcommittee hearing on How the Internet of Things (IoT) Can Bring U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure into the 21st Century.
Together with a group of leading industry experts, Doug will address how industry and government can work together to enhance vehicle safety and transportation infrastructure connectivity to keep the U.S. at the forefront of global innovation. Innovation-focused policymakers Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, and Ranking Member Cory Booker (D-NJ) will convene this important hearing today at 10:00 AM ET. I encourage you to check it out here.