Cars of the future: connectivity with safety?
Vehicle manufacturers are hoping that the technology regularly found on smartphones could change the way we use our cars in the future, according to a BBC News report.
The report focuses on the technological developments that cars of the not-too-distant future may include, and how billions of pounds are already being spent on the “connected car”. This may result in the “app-culture” infiltrating the dashboard – from a parking space finder, to getting coupons for local restaurants, or directions that can pop up on the windscreen.
For this to be achieved, cars will need to be connected to the internet. But, according to Intel, the connected car is already the third fastest growing technological device after phones and tablets.
Jack Bergquist, from the information company IHS, said: “Ford has categorically stated that this is selling more cars for them. Over 50% of consumers would be swayed by the presence of an internet-capable device. By the end of 2014, for some of the bigger brands, every vehicle they sell will offer some sort of connectivity.
“If you look at a cost to design a completely new car model, some companies are spending around a third of the budget just on the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the in-car technology around the system.”
However, John Ellis, global technologist for connected services and solutions at Ford, warned of potential safety implications.
He said: “The danger is safety. You could get caught up in your experience and forget that you're driving. Better, faster cheaper is what consumers want - but with safety.”
Safety concerns are being addressed with a mandatory sensor which calls emergency services in the event of an accident. Titled eCall, under EU plans, all new cars will be fitted with it by 2015.
The BBC News article concludes by saying that if these companies are right, it is only a matter of time before the car could directly compete with the phone and the tablet to become the biggest smart industry.
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