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HP's Postels (left)  and IAV's Schonlau agreed a new approach to growing data volumes  is needed (Photo:Claus Dick)

HANOVER - Connected cars will generate more data than current IT systems can manage, an HP executive told the automotiveIT Congress here Thursday.

Swen Postels, strategist and chief automotive technologist at Hewlett-Packard Germany, shared the stage with Benedikt Schonlau, who heads the active safety and light division of engineering specialist IAV. They discussed the growing data volumes generated, in particular, when testing new vehicles.

Postels said large data volumes will require a rethinking process in IT. "We won't get anywhere with the architectures we know today," he said.

IAV's Schonlau agreed. "Complexity is likely to increase by a factor 100 in the next 10 years," he said, adding that a new kind of information technology is needed to be able to quickly analyse the expected data volumes generated by test cars.

HP's Postels said new methodologies will also have to be developed for the archiving of data and for protecting intellectual property. What's needed is "a comprehensive solution to supporting vehicle test development."

Postels also cited a need to keep costs for future data storage down, saying "we cannot pay for it the way we do now."