Almost one third of cars made in 2020 will have driverless mode: IDC

Research group identifies third-platform ‘innovation accelerators’

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Almost one third of cars made in 2020 will have driverless mode: IDC IDC believes that by 2020, 30% of all new cars will have a self-drive mode.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 23, 2015

Some 30% of cars manufactured in 2020 will have a self-drive mode, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

In comments issued ahead of the company's Middle East CIO Summit, to be held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on 25 to 26 February, Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president, Worldwide Research Products and Chief Research Officer, IDC, laid out the company's predictions for the third platform in the form of "innovation accelerators".

The accelerators are technologies that IDC believes will form a major part of third-platform adoption. Self-drive modes in cars is part of an accelerator that Del Prete calls "pervasive robotics". Other accelerators are: natural interfaces, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive systems and next-generation security.

Natural interfaces can be touch, voice or gesture UIs and hardware vendors are increasingly incorporating these systems into their products.

The Internet of Things is now part of most ICT conversations, especially in the Middle East, as governments pursue smart city intiatives. IDC predicts that by 2020, citizens will interact with over 150 sensor-enabled devices per day.

Cognitive systems integrate analytics technology to crunch data gathered by sensors. IDC expects 60% of all device interaction to be passive by 2020.

Stitching all technologies together is the notion of next-generation security, which is trying to solve problems such as elimination of the need to remember passwords. Del Prete believes that by 2020, 70% of all authentication systems will be biometric.

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