SanDisk rolls out automotive SD card for connected cars

The storage giant says the card is built to meet the reliability, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market.

SanDisk has introduced an SD flash card for connected cars.

The storage giant says the card is built to meet the reliability, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market.

Auto manufacturers can customize the card for a range of applications, such as 3D mapping and advanced augmented reality in navigation systems, entertainment systems, data event recorders, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The automotive play is a smart move for SanDisk. According to a report from Gartner, about 150 million vehicles will be connected via wireless Internet by 2020.

The added connectivity is forcing automakers to rethink their business models and shift their focus from hardware to software. But their success on this front hinges on collaboration with companies such as SanDisk, and tech titans like Google and Apple.

"The 'Internet of Things' is the most dynamic force to impact the automotive and industrial markets in a decade, driving exciting new opportunities for connectivity as well as new challenges for how to store, process and manage the data it creates," said Oded Sagee, senior director of connected solutions at SanDisk.

SanDisk plans to add the automotive card features to its Industrial and Industrial XT SD card products for IoT. Samples are slated for release in March.

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