Connected Car (definition) — the presence of devices in an automobile that connect the devices to other devices within the car/vehicles and or devices, networks and services outside the car including other cars, home, office or infrastructure.
It is 2025, and connected cars have been the norm for the past five years. Before being connected, I would get in my car and instantly get disconnected from the world. Today, my car alerts me and service personnel to vehicle issues, allowing appointments to be made in less time and with more information about what’s wrong with the vehicle. In addition, software fixes that might have been performed at a dealership now are initiated through the Internet.
Every time I get in my car, I’m reminded just how much I can accomplish, even on a simple drive to the grocery store. You see, connected cars have vehicle-based apps, allowing travelers to easily “customize” their rides. Traffic apps automatically notify drivers – and passengers – when accidents occur or routes are backed up. I used to just sit in traffic for hours without any rhyme or reason. Now I know about any potential delays as soon as they arise, and my car immediately devices an alternative route.
Accidents or road-side emergencies required a call for help once upon a time. Now my car would instantly notify first responders with emergency data in the case of an accident. I really like having the built-in assistance, safety, and vehicle protection features, it makes me feel like my car is protecting me.
But it’s not just the safety and convenience, my car actually knows me. It can “mash” car diagnostic and driver behavior data with smartphone apps, cloud content, and services data in real time. My car is now a resource of “intelligent” information based on where I am, what I’m doing, and what I’ve done in the past. It knows my preferences and then offers assistance, like when the gas tank is low, it shows nearby gas stations. If I tell my car, “I’m hungry,” nearby restaurants are displayed. It even sends automated text messages to my wife when the traffic going home is bad.
Best of all, my car can practically drive itself. With correction sensors and diagnostic connections, my car’s communications systems interact for the safety of my car and the surrounding environment, I only take over the wheel only when necessary. From steering for parking, to brake engagement, engine-style-controls, all powered by Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) software, my car controls everything from traffic management to stopping from entering a dangerous intersection.
My connected car isn’t just smart, it has actually positively changed my life. Driving is so much more convenient, easy, and far less dangerous. Connected is really the only way to travel.