The ‘connected’ car, not to be confused with the self-driving, autonomous car, is defined as any vehicle equipped with Internet access that allows data to be sent to and from the vehicle.
Since the automobiles were invented, car makers have been trying to add features which may reduce driver error. Today’s car has the computing power of 20 personal computers, features about 100 million lines of programming code, and processes up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour.
Digital technology is also changing how we use and interact with our cars, and in more ways than you probably realize.
The market for smart vehicles is certainly set for takeoff and many analysts predict they could revolutionize the world of automobiles in much the same way smartphones have changed the face of telecommunications.
Is your car connected to the Internet? Millions of vehicles around the world had embedded Internet access, offering their drivers a multitude of smart options and benefits. These include better engine controls, automatic crash notifications and safety alerts, to name just a few. Owners can also interact with their connected vehicles through apps from any distance.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, for example, could help automobiles detect one another's presence and location to avoid accidents. That could be especially useful when it comes to driver-less cars - another advance already very much in development. Similar technology could help ensure that cars and their drivers slow down for school zones or stop at red lights.
Connected vehicle technologies provide the tools to make transformational improvements in safety, to significantly reduce the number of lives lost each year through connected vehicle crash prevention applications.
The Connected Car will be optimized to track and report its own diagnostics, which is part of its appeal for safety conscious drivers.
Connected cars give superior Infotainment services like navigation, traffic, weather, mobile apps, emails and also entertainment.
Auto insurers also have much to gain from the connected car revolution, as personalized, behavior based premiums are already becoming new industry standard.
OEMS and dealers must embrace the Big Data revolution now, so they’re ready to harness the plethora of data that will become available as more and more connected cars hit the roads.
Cloud computing powers much of the audio streaming capabilities and dashboard app functions that are becoming more commonplace in autos.
In the next 5 years it seems that non-connected cars will become a thing of the past. Here are some good examples of connected cars:
- Mercedes-Benz models introduced this year can link directly to Nest, the Internet of Things powered smart home system, to remotely activate a home’s temperature controls prior to arrival.
- Audi has developed a 12.3 inch, 3d graphics fully digital dashboard in partnership with NVIDIA.
- Telematics Company OnStar can shut down your stolen car remotely helping police solve the case.
- ParkMe covers real time dynamic parking information and guide drivers to open parking lots and meters. It if further integrating with mobile payments.
The next wave is driver-less, fully equipped and connected car, where there will be no steering wheels, brakes, gas pedals and other major devices. You just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!!