Many auto industry experts believe that we are on the edge of seeing fully-autonomous cars become commercially available. Self-driving technology developments and innovations are taking place at a rapid pace, but do we know exactly how long will it be before fully-autonomous cars are prevalent on our roads, with passengers being safely and completely uninvolved in driving the vehicle?
Internet of Things in the Automobile Industry
The IoT-enabled vehicles utilize a group of integrated devices to provide many benefits, including improved safety and security, a highly personalized user experience, and an entirely new way to view the concept of owning a car.
Another noticeable effect of IoT on the auto industry is the increasing of blurred lines between tech companies and car manufacturers. As we are all aware that technology companies have already become an integral part of the auto industry, this integration is only expected to grow more and more over the next couple of years. The expansion of I0T within the sectors will sure lead to tech companies starting to manufacture while automobile manufacturers transform into tech companies eventually.
The already existing vehicle-centric IoT services such as digital door locks, central lock, and a remote control heater prove how these solutions are helping to ease the automotive industry. The analysis of the market trend also seems to make it visible how these services are genuinely connecting the car and making life simpler for the customers.
Some of these technologies are touted to transform the driving experience altogether. While currently in the primary stages these technologies are already challenging the traffic infrastructure and product affordability, like:
- Driverless Cars: The driverless cars that can drive itself with no human intervention required, under some circumstances. The companies that are racing to develop the first driverless car include significant automakers and tech companies.
- V2V Technology: V2V technology that allows vehicles on the road to share data on speed, road conditions, and other factors through a network created among cars. V2V seems like a path-breaker in helping to avoid crashes, ease traffic congestion, and improve the environment.
- B2V Technology: Brain-to-Vehicle technology uses a device to measure brain wave activity, which is analyzed using the vehicle’s autonomous systems, and can predict and anticipate driver behaviors. The B2V application is believed to help drivers avoid accidents caused by abrupt lane changes and other unsafe driving practices.
- AI Interfaces: Automakers will now be providing artificial intelligence (AI) software in a vehicle’s infotainment system that will serve as a virtual personal assistant that will have the ability to respond to voice commands and proactively guide drivers in collaboration with the navigation system.
While discussing these now, not all the trends excite us today, and neither will all of them survive the challenge of accomplishing a bold vision into the future. However, the ideas that succeed in becoming a reality will have a significant impact on how we live our lives. The automobile as we know it today will soon take on an entirely new meaning.