Could car crashes be a thing of the past? Will we soon be working in our cars in the same way we work on airplanes or at a coffee shop? If we believe what car companies are saying, not only could crashes be eliminated, but we could soon be reading the newspaper as our car steers us to work.
This is part of the Machine to Machine (M2M) technology and included in the Internet of Things. Everything will be connected in this IoT world. Soon, we will know real-time traffic and weather exactly when it happens. We will be able to access our vehicles remotely.
Until this Jetsons-like technology becomes commonplace, this is what we should expect in the next few years:
Driverless cars in Gothenburg, Sweden
By 2017, Volvo’s “Drive Me” program will have 100 cars driverless cars in Sweden’s second largest city. Volvo in partnership with Swedish Tech giant Ericsson has already started their high-tech cars.
BMW is the car company that is working with the METIS2020 partnership that is laying down the foundation for 5G. Ahead of the pack, BMW has the ConnectedDrive program that has a smartphone-like system inside of the car.
General Motors OnStar
Not only will there be LTE/4G on these upcoming vehicles allowing for a wifi hotspot in your vehicle, but you will also be able to remotely turn the car on and off. Perhaps the coolest of all is the promise of turning on the lights or beeping the horn-from your SmartWatch!
Tesla is Connected
Tesla vehicles are working with Telefonica and AT&T and taking their futuristic vehicles even further by being connected. These vehicles will have SmartPhone technology that will help with entertainment, navigation and remote connectively.
Blackberry is back!
While their role in SmartPhone technology has diminished, Blackberry is back in the picture creating car technology including mapping, communications and entertainment.
Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)
Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have united to create the Open Automotive Alliance. They will bring the Android platform to cars this year. The greatest advantage? This technology will allow the driver the freedom to focus on the road, with access to flawless, real-time technology.