When Audi wanted to build a system to manage the on-board telematics data in its vehicles, it turned to Kafka. The system gathers and publishes data about engine performance from 850 sensors in each car, from cylinder heads to braking systems, feeding back tens of terabytes of data to Audi every day. But Audi is also using telematics to develop more sophisticated systems on its prototype autonomous vehicles and electric cars, and plans to deliver on-road weather conditions, nearby available parking and nearby electric charging stations - all in real time. As Stefan Bauer, Audi’s Head of Development and Data Analytics put so eloquently, “Data is not only the ‘new oil’. It’s the new DNA of Audi.” www.indexventures.com/blog/conf…