This week in data – 16th August

Autonomous vehicles are taking over…and it’s causing some headaches. As it turns out, car makers are a bit concerned about the huge amount of data self-driving cars will generate in the coming decade. That’s why Toyota and Intel have created the “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” to figure out how to house telemetrics and use it properly.

BI Intelligence explains why this is happening: three million semi and fully autonomous cars will be shipped in the United States by 2025, with connected car shipments to reach 77 million globally. All of those vehicles together will generate 10 billion gigabytes of data. What to do with it all? Toyota and Intel are using a solution known as “edge” computing, where data is processed at the source of its generation rather than the cloud.

This type of arrangement is a key indicator that autonomous vehicles will have a massive impact on data needs in the next several years, and beyond, as they become the norm.

Over in China, the government has demanded that online payments providers including Alipay and Tenpay funnel their transactions through a new clearing house. They have by June 2018 to comply. The kicker? That clearing house could give over the transaction data – amounting to $US8.8 trillion – to banks and other organisations, which could use it for activities like credit score authentication.

It’ll cut down on fraud, Business Insider reports, but there’s speculation that online payments companies like Alipay and Tenpay, who control the vast majority of the mobile payments scene in China, are unhappy about losing control of valuable transaction data.

In other news:

Amazon is taking over the world. The company’s Web Services has launched a new security service for data – and it’s already scored Netflix as a customer.

Powered by machine learning, Amazon Macie is designed to identify personal information and other sensitive data, and provide oversight if anything seems “off”. Customers can use dashboards to view events, behavioural analytics and automated alerts for their data.

The product is just yet another sign of larger businesses putting a higher premium on protecting personal information.

Worth a read:

How does a city become a “smart” city? Plenty are trying, but this CNET piece lays out a roadmap: widely accessible fast internet, tracking and releasing data in digestable formats, and making it more useful for people in everyday contexts.

Businesses are still trying to figure out how to make people happy when it comes to sharing information. A new study suggests it’s all about “social investment”: organisations need to tell people where the data is going, and who it’s going to benefit.

Until next week.

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