The brains behind automotive storage in the connected car

December 10, 2019 //By Axel Mehnert, Hyperstone
The brains behind automotive storage in the connected car
The flash memory controller is a key ingredient in automotive storage and is responsible for managing a range of specific use cases and challenges.

It’s no question as to how swiftly the automotive industry has accelerated in the past years, moulding the landscape for the complexities of autonomous driving.  The vehicles of today are more than just modes of transport. They can be seen as hubs of information, entertainment and communication.  What started with GPS/ navigation systems, shifted to trends of infotainment, driver recorders, data event recorders, telematics, DMS, ADAS and ultimately the self-driving car. Many vehicles can already perform certain functions autonomously – and in a few years, they will run with little to no human intervention.  At the heart of these advances and aside of increasingly detailed map data is data from the sensors and monitors that are continuously collecting and communicating information on their surroundings.  Self-driving cars already generate about 4TB of data in just an hour and a half of driving. Further technologies such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) also use masses of data to ensure driving comfort and safety by reducing the potential for human error.

All these advances demand more storage modules in cars for infotainment, navigation systems, telematics and redundancy. With approximately 3-8 storage modules expected in cars in the coming years, manufacturers need to plan efficiently to tackle the specific use-case requirements of the individual storage modules whilst maintaining a handle on the overarching challenges the industry faces.

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