Indian services giants target emerging technologies • The Register

Two of India’s global services giants have announced platforms on which to develop emerging technologies, continuing their evolution into the role of software providers.

Bangalore-based Wipro’s new product unveiled at Mobile World Congress Barcelona is a “Cloud Car Ecosystem”. The platform modifies the company’s existing cloud services to provide a platform automakers can use to distribute and maintain software deployed in vehicles.

“By decoupling automatic software from hardware in this way, the vehicle can receive software updates over time. Any software failures can be resolved ‘over the air’, without the need for a physical recall,” Wipro claimed.

The company believes its approach will see in-car software updated more often.

“Today, most software-defined vehicles (SDVs) come with pre-built features that are difficult and time-consuming to upgrade, rendering them obsolete as new technologies come to market,” said Wipro CTO Thomas Mueller in a canned statement. “Our goal is to enable automakers to deliver vehicles that improve every day, so that they and generations of owners can generate a greater return on investment.”

To drive ROI. Geddit?

But we digress. Mueller believes this is the way of the future, saying that by 2030 most new vehicles will be SDVs equipped with AI and ML that will pave the way for autonomous operations.

Rival services giant Infosys has concocted a platform on which to build virtual and/or augmented realities, and dubbed it a “metaverse foundry”. Infosys’ angle is that virtual worlds are best built on an elastic platform, rather than recreated from custom code.

The company noted it will provide more than 100 ready-to-use cases and templates. Two examples were retail, using an immersive shopping experience, and a digital lab twin from a pharmaceutical company that allows external researchers to access vaccine data. The company touted its product as a “potential creative space for bridging the physical and digital worlds.”

Indian service giants are increasingly looking to building vertical platforms and applications as a way to engage new customers for the long term.

Shoppers, of course, are wary of the lockdown. Perhaps even more so for markets like cloud cars and metaverses which are in their early stages of development. This is of course the reason why they use Infosys and Wipro. ®

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