Cisco has partnered with UK startup Oxbotica to demonstrate how they might gather data from autonomous vehicles via Wi-Fi hotspots using OpenRoam, a federation of identity providers, network service providers and equipment vendors\nIn tests, the companies hope to show how vehicles fitted out with Oxbotica software could upload and download data at hotspots deployed to gas stations, electric vehicle charging stations, parking garages and other places vehicles stop for periods of time.\n\nThis capability could help support the management of autonomous fleets that Cisco says would need to transfer 8.3GB of data per day to and from each vehicle.\nThe transfers would be enabled using OpenRoam\u2019s guidelines for wireless service providers on how devices can automatically login and authenticate to their networks and roam within and among them.\nAccording to the company\u2019s website, Oxford University spin-out Oxbotica sells software for autonomous vehicles that makes them able to navigate safely even if they are not connected to a network. Oxbotica customers would include autonomous-systems vendors that might incorporate all or parts of the company\u2019s platform in their own platforms. Some of the software modules direct the gathering of data generated within vehicles and exporting data at hotspots.\nAccording to Dirk Gorissen, Technical Product Lead at Oxbotica, Cisco is providing the network fabric over which data is taken off the vehicle and into the cloud for use by Oxbotica and operators. \u201cCisco\u2019s OpenRoaming platform gives you the ease of use of a cellular connection, yet at the same time it gives you the bandwidth guaranteed and the ubiquitous nature and ease of deployment of Wi-Fi,\u201d he said.\nSuccess of OpenRoam will depend on how widely providers accept it, said Pedro Pacheco, Senior Research Director at Gartner, in a statement. \u201cConceptually, OpenRoaming makes sense as it could allow autonomous vehicles to freely exchange data more regularly,\u201d he said. \u201cHowever, success depends on the level of coverage. In addition, going past the development stage, autonomous cars will have less need for data exchange (even if these cars generate a lot of data, not all needs to be exported).\u201d\n\u201cThis will happen not only for cost reasons, but also because these vehicles must operate flawlessly in areas with no data connection, be it Wi-Fi or cellular,\u201d he said.