Over the past centuries the car transportation has been significantly revolutionized. Undeniably accepted by the history of human kind, Cars had its place in the automotive industry. As decades passed, features and controls were added, such as, in-car entertainment, navigation systems, safety, air conditioning and cameras for rear reversing, making them more and more complex and increasingly popular.
Now, they're getting smarter through on-board technology and remote connectivity. Today we connect everything, not only the car and the driver, but the entire ecosystem of transportation around them. Apparently, an app would connect you virtually to your car from your smart phone or a smart device and establish something more than a connection, an approach to actually communicate not just from the car but also to the car.
What exactly can an internet-connected-car be able to do that a non-connected car could not?
There is more than just being in the car and driving from A to B; having a closer relationship with the car on a distinct level by simply adding practical advancement of networks.
Utilizing communication and information technology, a connected car would be able to talk to the driver, reciprocate information with fellow cars, and share data from the traffic signals. It would save time by directing the driver to control speed to avoid the troubled traffic and other road hazards while allowing the driver to work and stay connected on the go. The connected car integrates to the mobile phone and other devices to keep track of news, infotainment and daily schedule. The on-board computer can install apps to adapt the changing needs of the driver, like on a smart phone. Since the car finds the most feasible route to the destination, it’s much easier to find the best available parking space and spending less time on leaving the car. The car implicitly knows the condition it is in, when the car senses abnormality and needs to go into service or replace a spare part, it alerts the driver and/or book an appointment at a local service station to keep the car going.
Such innovations could truly bring an advanced dimension to the field of connectivity and a whole new perspective on what it means to own a car. The connected vehicle delivers a significant opportunity for stakeholders in the automotive ecosystem to reach drivers and passengers in variably new ways. The cars in the near future will integrate on the same level of digital services that consumers today are using at their homes and offices.
As of now, minorities of 8% cars are connected worldwide in some way, and an estimated 25% of cars would be connected by 2020.