The next frontier for the automotive industry is undoubtedly the ‘connected car’ with the majority of automotive manufacturers already committed to the project, and joining bodies such as The Connected Car Consortium to establish industry standards, which includes brands like BMW, Honda and Fiat.
Advances in digital technology are changing the way we interact with our cars, and in more ways than you probably realize. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, for example, could help automobiles detect one another’s presence and location to avoid accidents. That could be especially useful when it comes to driverless cars — another advance already very much in development. Similar technology could help ensure that cars and their drivers slow down for school zones or stop at red lights.
Your car and Internet are about to become even more intertwined, too. The new Mercedes GL, for example, will come equipped with screens embedded in the back of the front passenger’s and driver’s seats to allow rear passengers access to social media sites. Meanwhile, GM recently demoed what it would look like if cars came equipped with 4G LTE service. YouTube videos, Yelp and maintenance-related texts from your car itself could all become standard in the coming years.
The below infographic highlights some of the changes and developments expected to happen over the next few years.