We're all walking around hyper-connected with all sorts of gizmos -- namely, smartphones -- with all sorts of bells, whistles and life-tracking apps. Why shouldn't your car be part of that mobile-life experience?
That's what carmakers and consortia, such as Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), are wondering, and what's making their collective presence more noteworthy these last couple years at traditional mobile phone events.
As this TechHive article notes, last month's Mobile World Congress -- a massive headliner event for global mobile operators, device makers, and service providers -- is becoming as good as any place to showcase how smartphone technology is increasingly dialed into auto circles.
Many cars are already connected, in fact. Since GM was mentioned, the OnStar systems, for example, has been in GM cars for more than a decade. It went from analog to 3G in the mid 2000s I believe, so now we shouldn't be surprised if it migrates to 4G. Aside from the emergency features that get advertized on TV, it also monitors several systems in the car, provides directions to destinations, and it provides hands-free telephone service.
Other car manufacturers offer similar connectivity systems. So I don't agree that cars the the last holdout. Also, as we get into self-driving cars, these features will have to become even more pervasive. For example, cars will have to monitor their mechanical and electrical systems well enough to see a problem before it can affect other traffic. And move the car off to the emergency lane if the car is about to become an obstacle. Things like this.
Another ongoing evolution.
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