Connected Car Tech Becomes Contextual to the Driver’s Location and Lifestyle
Half a century ago we were astounded by Batman’s fancy Lincoln Futura. The first time it appeared on TV, everyone wanted to get their hands on the technology, even though most of its in-car features were unrealistic at the time. Things have changed a lot since, and right now communications companies, automakers, and tech companies want to transform all cars into ground-breaking high-tech Batmobiles.
Pioneering Cars – a Key Piece of the Puzzle in the IoT:
Airbiquity, an engineering and software company that specialized in telematics and vehicle tracking, mentions that soon enough cars will become a fundamental piece of the IoT puzzle. Car communications systems are a real thing, and General Motors has been using its OnStar system for nearly 20 years now. Tesla has started playing with the technology as well. The manufacturer claims that soon enough all Tesla vehicles will feature remote monitoring capabilities through new software operating systems.
Cars of the future might become a fundamental part of the IoT. Amazon’s famous voice-activated home assistant Alexa can easily order Uber cars and even find out the amount of gas a certain type of car can consume with the driver still inside the house. BMW recently made an announcement mentioning that through its connected services owners can use Alexa to lock their vehicles and even check battery levels from the comfort of their homes. Ford Motor has big plans for the future of its cars, too. The manufacturer plans on integrating Alexa into the latest Fusion and Escape models.
Cars Might Manage People’s Digital Lives:
The 1st generation of connected in-car systems focused entirely on assisting drivers when their vehicles broke down or when their car malfunctioned. The 2nd generation of systems was in charge of connecting a car’s dashboard to people’s smartphones and audio services such as Airbiquity and Pandora. The 3rd generation will most likely focus on managing people’s digital lives thanks to the advent of semiautonomous systems that have the capacity to assume responsibility for more important driving tasks.
As soon as autonomous driving goes mainstream, people’s cars will no longer be about power but about what happens to the car and the way the car is linked to owners’ lifestyles. A few years from now, cars will “talk” with literally all your connected devices, from home security systems and refrigerators to espresso machines and even washing machines. Mercedes-Benz is already considering integrating mobile communication networks into their upcoming releases.
Cars are slowly but surely becoming quality-time machines. The In-Car Office services that Mercedes-Benz currently has on display will connect drivers automatically to scheduled conference calls and even help them navigate appointments following calendar entries.
Connected Cars Can Help Assess Driver Attentiveness:
A combination of in-car sensors such as acoustic monitors, wearables and eye trackers can be used to pinpoint driver attentiveness, and even how safe and fast you can tell a lot about your wellbeing and general mood. Onboard car systems need access to information to be able to benefit from the perks of the IoT. Even though incomplete and separate systems from both Amazon and Google are able to compete, or at the very least coexist in today’s home market, let’s not forget that vehicles operate in plain sight and are compelled to share information with parking meters, traffic systems, and other cars.
How do we make cars talk to each other? And even if we manage to connect them, how will we manage the system? Or better yet, who will manage it? Such questions pose a lot of worries, particularly concerning safety, privacy, and security. Basically, interconnected cars may pose intermittent threats. A recently released program called Mirai, hacks cable boxes, TVs, exhaust brackets, webcams, and DVRs meaning that we need to be very careful when integrating advanced technology into cars.
Even though being online all the time has its fair share of drawbacks, technology, and the IoT might make cars more durable and resilient. The risks involved shouldn’t be ignored, although as we move forward with future developments in the auto industry, it’s only natural for the automotive security industry to advance and improve as well. One thing’s for sure: the future connected car will most likely become a fundamental player in a driver’s lifestyle and general well-being.