The Future of Connected Vehicles

According to Gartner, Inc, there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road by 2020. Powered by M2M technology and maximising the available opportunity of the Internet of Things (IoT), consumers and businesses will be able to benefit from an increasing number of in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities.

A recent article by IoT Business News highlighted 7 key areas on which connected car developers are primarily focusing….

Vehicle Telematics offer drivers a host of safety, security and convenience services which are often managed by service providers. Services include emergency calls and stolen vehicle recovery, as well as technical services such as remote door unlocking and remote diagnostics.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are designed to help improve driver safety and overall road safety. Systems focus on accident avoidance and driving efficiency and offer a variety of solutions include automated braking, road condition warnings and obstacle detection.

Mobility Services provide drivers with a variety of services such as vehicle access as a service, plus usage and mileage-based services. Data is collected through a variety of technologies including positioning technology, vehicle sensors, and mobile device integration, which is then linked to an internet-based application via mobile connectivity.

Infotainment offers drivers a wide range of information services including traffic service, navigation, weather and entertainment. Features can be embedded into the vehicle or by integrating the user’s own mobile device and using it as a hub for accessing internet-based data.

Well-Being services help optimise drivers’ health and competence whilst driving. This is becoming particularly popular amongst older drivers who will benefit from features such as electronic alerts that detect fatigue and other conditions.

Home Integration services will enable consumers and businesses to remain connected to their homes and offices, as well as benefiting from automation systems. Users will be able to access their alarm systems and energy monitoring systems whilst out on the road.

Autonomous Driving systems continue to develop at a rapid pace and offer a host of benefits for consumers and businesses. Examples of autonomous driving systems include self-parking cars, motorway assistance, and the transportation of goods by trucks on well-delineated routes.

With automotive manufacturers focusing heavily on these development, vehicles are set to become the most advanced mobile devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).

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