Guest Author: This week’s blog post was provided to us by Bradley Taylor, an independent writer. Taylor writes across a variety of subjects, but specialises in automotive and technology pieces. You can learn more about him on Google+ and follow his updates on Twitter.
All new cars could be connected to the Internet by 2015, as billions of dollars are being invested in the cars of the future. These futuristic cars will allow you to use the Internet via voice commands by using a technology similar to smart phones. Experts predict that Internet screens could even eventually be shown on dashboards; but wouldn’t that be a little distracting? Industry members say no; and it’s even been foretold that the online car will have a vast array of benefits that the driver will love. Picture this; finding free parking spaces with ease, having access to nearby restaurant reviews, and even get a countdown that let’s you know when the traffic lights will change without having to pick up your mobile device. Through the use of voice command – drivers can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
The app culture found that smartphones and tablets could soon become a big part of driving, which would totally change the way we use our cars. Major automotive brands are already spending around a third of their budget on in-car entertainment and Internet technology. Audi even recently announced that its self-driving technology would be just about everywhere within the decade. It’s thought that this technology will help to improve safety while driving. After all, it would be much safer to update your Facebook status via voice command rather than trying to do it illegally on your smartphone.
Understandably, many are concerned about encouraging the distraction of drivers, but these safety concerns are being addressed by automotive developers through the use a different technology – sensors. You may have even seen examples of these safety measures in place today, such as the vehicles that are able to administer the breaks automatically if your car gets too close to another object or vehicle.
Additionally, even though it’s illegal in most countries for drivers to use handheld devices while operating a vehicle, that hasn’t deterred drivers from using them. Integrating a voice operated Internet system into the vehicle would help eliminate the need, or want, for drivers to pick up their smartphones while driving.
This all sounds amazing, but the one other thing that’s concerning people is hackers being able to access the car. If there’s a data system in there, this means there’s the possibility of somebody hacking into it. Although this was demonstrated by security consultants who managed to break into the car without touching it, the risk is said to be very small due to the amount of time and effort put into security by the major companies. Ford even claims that their system is impossible to hack into, as the apps will be separated from the vehicle’s essential devices.
Although it might take a while before we’re travelling back in time in Deloreans, it won’t be long before we’re all enjoying an online, in-car experience!
To learn more about in-car Internet, click here.