[Connected car is] the presence of devices in an automobile that connect the devices to other devices within the car/vehicles and or devices, networks and services outside the car.
Taking into account this definition*, a big question remains: does the future of Automotive really belong to Connected Cars?
New technologies for a new paradigm
Before moving forward, it is important to know the main kinds of systems that can be connected through modular and/or embedded solutions. According to autoconnectedcar.com* these are:
- music/audio, podcasts, Internet radio via various devices such as smartphone or Internet-enabled tablet;
- navigation (either through a smartphone/iPhone application or through a built-in GPS navigation system);
- automotive system diagnosis (oil pressure, OB-II computer system information for service, engine diagnostics, …);
- road side assistance;.
- voice commands and hands-free controls;
- contextual help/offers;
- parking apps;
- automobile diagnostics;
- other services like steering for parking, engine-style-controls and other ADAS features;
- 4G Wi-Fi hotspots.
Which are the main pros of connected cars?
Besides cyber security issues, connectivity applied to the Automotive sector – both with the external world and inside the car – offers a wide range of benefits, for each of the stakeholders involved**.
- Safer driving: via ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) communication;
- Green driving: through big data solutions and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) interactions;
- Entertainment/infotainment: by supporting different devices like smartphones, tablets, sensors, cameras, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance systems.
Undoubtedly, there are many benefits of connectivity**. We are not (just) talking about the possibility to buy food through in-car ordering dynamics***, but we are studying this solution from a higher and looking-forward perspective:
Any sensory data collected by a connected vehicle will be fused, analyzed and presented to a driver on the fly, alerting him to take a necessary action.
Will worldwide consumers be ready to use this innovation on a daily basis in the near future? If so, which other connected solutions may be put in place through new technologies, like Internet of Things? Participate now in the following LapTime Club community’s challenges:
- How IoT could be re-imagined and exploited in the Automotive Industry and Racing?
- Rethinking V2I for race and ordinary cars
* autoconnectedcar.com, Definition of Connected Car – What is the connected car? Defined
** eetimes.com, Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
*** pcmag.com, Pizza Hut, Visa Experimenting With In-Car Ordering