Connected cars are set to revolutionise the automotive industry, but you probably haven’t heard much about them. Electric vehicles and driverless technology have sidelined them. But that’s starting to change. Here’s what you need to know…
What Are They?
Quite simply, connected cars are equipped with Internet access; usually via a wireless local network. This means they can share data with other devices and platforms inside and outside of the vehicle itself. The technology has existed in some form or another since 1996. General Motors marketed ‘OnStar’ as a system that could notify emergency services of accidents. At first, these relied upon voice commands. Eventually, however, they could automatically transmit a car’s location via GPS. By 2015, OnStar had processed over a billion requests.
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for other automakers to recognise the potential of connectivity between vehicles and other devices.
How Do They Work?
Connected cars come with different kinds of ‘connectivity.’ There are five variants in total and include vehicle to infrastructure, vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to cloud, vehicle to pedestrian and vehicle to everything.
Infrastructure: These are capable of capturing data generated by the vehicle concerning infrastructure. This can have safety, mobility and environment-based applications.
Vehicle: This technology communicates information between vehicles, including the likes of speed and positioning. The idea is to avoid and prevent accidents.
Cloud: These exchange information for applications of the vehicle with a cloud system.
Pedestrian: This application involves sharing data between vehicles and the devices used by pedestrians, such as smartphones.
Everything: As the name implies, these interconnect all types of vehicles and infrastructure systems with one another.
Why Do They Matter?
To really understand the potential of connected cars, you have to grasp the extent of the potential applications. Because of connectivity, your going to be able to shop from the seat of your car and have things delivered straight to the boot. You’re going to have access to systems that can not only offer you a route home but the fastest and least likely to have any congestion. You’ll have a car that reminds of you of just about everything, from servicing, MOTs to the smallest of faults. Connected cars will tell you when you’re approaching a dangerous corner, accident or slippy surface. They’ll even be able to monitor how tired you are or if you need medical assistance.
In short, connected cars are going to revolutionise the driving experience. The technology will transform your car from a means of getting from ‘A’ to ‘B’ to an incredibly powerful tool. They promise a future of impeccable safety and convenience. It goes without saying, but the technology will also facilitate the rise of truly driverless vehicles.
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