With traffic fatalities rising at an alarming rate, collision avoidance systems are a promising solution. Per the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), almost 1.3 million people die in road accidents each year with an additional 20-50 million injured. That averages 3,287 global fatalities a day, making auto accidents the 9th leading cause of death. The World Health Organization (WHO) broke that down even further in 2015. Within low and lower-middle income populations, road deaths came in at number 10, but within the upper-middle class it ranked 7 just below Alzheimer’s Disease, but above both Liver and Stomach Cancer.
Finding a place to store your car, whether short- or long-term, has been an issue almost as long as the horseless carriage has been around. The current influx of automobiles on the road, however, has made simply parking that much harder. This growth of vehicles on the street has added unforeseen circumstances to the parking mix. Things like traffic congestion, higher CO2 emissions, exorbitant fees, and parking so far away from your destination, you need to call another vehicle for that ”last mile” are big concerns. This has led to innovative advances in parking technology ranging from License Plate Recognition (LPR) to monitor who does and does not belong in a particular space to working with the brains of connected cars to support self-parking solutions.
The autonomous vehicle, or self-driving car, has become the focus of the automotive world. More and more, you hear that the connected car is the answer to a variety of transportation ills. From Google to Volvo to Ford to Uber and Lyft, the industry of moving you from one place to another is working feverishly to make the once science fiction dream of a driverless vehicle a reality. However, this seemingly 21st century innovation has not only been in people’s minds for centuries, but attempts and working prototypes have been pursued across the ages. What exactly is an autonomous vehicle?
The automobile of today is digitally enhanced, navigation system ready and virtually self-driving. These advances lead the majority of drivers to expect the same engagement from their cars as they do from their smartphones. That’s why automakers from Fiat-Chrysler (UConnect) to Hyundai (BlueLink) are focused on and offer in-car infotainment systems that keep drivers and passengers engaged and connected on the road. Being entertained and communicating with whomever and whatever you want with a swipe of a finger or simply speaking a phrase is considered the standard by which all in-car infotainment (also called in-vehicle infotainment) is based, but the experience has been around a long, innovative time. What is in-car infotainment?
From automatic crash notification (ACN) to fleet management, Telematics is the “connection” that makes the connected car a wireless marvel of the automotive world. Telematics is a hot topic these days. With the current focus on self-driving vehicles, connected cars, cyber security, and especially, rising levels of traffic fatalities, the communication network that makes it possible for your automobile to move and react on its own is rapidly innovating. Telematic solutions are more readily available for all vehicles and even mandated as standard in some countries. The technology’s origin is oddly similar to that of the Jeep, and its integration into day-to-day life has been as seamless as that ubiquitous, stalwart vehicle. But what exactly is telematics?
Getting driverless cars ready for the road is happening so fast that tech companies are projecting more aggressive dates for production and implementation. On September 1, 2016, Baidu, considered the Google of China, became the newest pioneering voice to join the fray. The internet giant announced its plan to put an autonomous fleet of public shuttle vehicles on the roads by 2018. Driverless cars for personal use follow soon after. In preparation for these upcoming events, California DMV issued Baidu a license that allows them to test their automobiles on West Coast roads in the coming months.
This comprehensive look at the connected car in history, today and in the future will explain everything you need to know and then some. From car insurance to Congress, the “connected car” is rapidly changing the automotive industry, car dealerships, eGovernment, transportation and business landscape. This begs a few questions, however. How will we get there? Will fully autonomous vehicles really bring about a virtually accident-free society?
Today’s drivers are connected to a constant stream of digital information. In principle, this is a good thing, allowing people to access information like turn-by-turn navigation, speed limit and real-time traffic updates quickly and efficiently. However, these same helpful tools can be a significant source of distraction to a driver—especially those without a heads-up display. Accessing digital information while driving is now the norm. In fact, Distraction.gov reports that, at any moment during the hours of daylight, as many as 660,000 drivers across America are actively using cell phones or other electronics.
Experts claim that self-driving cars won’t be practical for everyday use until 2050. For ride-hailing services, the projection is sooner. But weeks away? Really? Uber ready to autonomously roll Per an announcement by Uber on August 18, customers will be able to actually hail self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month.
Fleet management just got a bit easier thanks to technological advances in fleet tracking systems. These advances come courtesy of an interdisciplinary IT field known as telematics. Telematics represents the marriage of two technologies: telecommunications and informatics. In simplest terms, it involves the combined use of mobile devices, satellite technology and the internet to track, compile and analyze data about remote objects such as vehicles. Telematics and fleet tracking systems Fleet tracking systems integrate a special type of management software that includes GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.