Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 | Page 102

///////////////////////////////////// FINAL WORD Getting into the fast lane with AI The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being felt across a range of technologies disrupting the traditional methods of doing things and pointing the way to futuristic advances in technology. Fadi Kanafani, Senior Director Middle East, NetApp, highlights the current status of AI in the automotive industry and considers a future where cars will connect to each other, to our homes and to infrastructure. T he impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being seen across industries and geographies. AI is now a key to success for organisations and is set to be a significant contributor towards global economic growth by 2030. According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), on average, the global gross domestic product (GDP) could increase by 1.2 percentage points per year, which would correspond to a total ‘value added’ of US$13 trillion. Among a number of industry segments, the automotive industry is one of the most technologically advanced and progressive industries. It’s no surprise that the industry is a frontrunner in adopting and incorporating AI into research, design and manufacturing processes for smarter and better outcomes and products. When you think about AI in automotive, autonomous vehicles is likely the first use case that comes to mind. While the holy grail in the industry is full self-driving, defined as level five, most companies are already offering increasingly sophisticated adaptive driver assistance systems (ADAS) as stepping stones towards that level of autonomy. 102 INTELLIGENTCIO