Autonomous Vehicle Delivery Will Not Be Possible Unless There Is "Extreme" Automation, Dell CTO Says
Sun, April 11, 2021

Autonomous Vehicle Delivery Will Not Be Possible Unless There Is "Extreme" Automation, Dell CTO Says

The world is not yet ready for AVs / Photo Credit: sdecoret (via Shutterstock)


Speaking at the Dell Technologies Summit in Austin, President and CTO of products and operations at Dell Technologies John Roese said that a lot of data is being produced at the edge, as quoted by Asha Barbaschow of business tech news platform ZDNet. The topology of the modern enterprise will be composed of a multi-cloud that is going to span “public clouds, SaaS services, cloud colocation, private data centers," and mobile users. All these will transform buildings and make everything smart. 

Roese also noted that the IT community has created an expectation that AI will “work on their behalf and make their lives better.” He added, “We're all assuming that all this data and technology innovation is going to transform our businesses into productivity and disruption powerhouses.” Speaking of AI, Roese believes that autonomous vehicle delivery will not be possible unless extreme levels of automation are in place. One of Dell Technologies’ global automotive customers will have 40 million AVs in circulation by the next 10 years. 

“The dataset necessary to build out that intelligence system looks like it will be somewhere between 1-7 zettabytes under management inside of that one company,” Roese stated. From here, the 2030 timeframe should be utilized to improve the ratio of IT people. It’s a challenge that continued to plague not just the automotive industry, but also healthcare and the financial services sector. That’s where you’ll know that the problem is not technology, but in how to scale human capacity. 

Besides, there is the issue of trust in AVs among consumers, as the data shows that the world is not prepared for AVs, Roese said. He mentioned that there are already fully-autonomous, completely self-driving cars. However, these vehicles are operating in constrained and geofenced spaces such as mines and industrial environments. Taking Toyota’s Guardian Initiative, the firm is more interested in creating a vehicle that never crashes by looking at the conditions in which a person could be injured and de-risking it. 

Roese concluded, “We want the technology to be a happy experience, a positive experience, safe experience.”