Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC): A Path Toward Greater Road Efficiency

In 1945, a blind engineer named Ralph Teetor invented cruise control, the popular automobile feature that most modern citizens can’t live without. Since that time, cruise control systems and their technology have evolved into even “smarter” technologies called adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC employs radar sensor technology to automatically adjust a vehicle’s speed based on its surroundings. In support of collision avoidance, a car with ACC automatically slows down if it senses that the car in front of it is too close. Patented by General Motors in 1991, this technology, which was once reserved for luxury vehicles alone, is far more common, having been embraced by the likes of Honda, Subaru and Kia Motors.

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The Safety Implications of a Connected Car

In the age of the connected car, it’s hard to believe that just two centuries ago, Francois Isaac de Rivaz invented the first internal combustion engine that would later fit into an automobile. From Charles Kettering to Ralph Teetor, innovators across the decades have improved upon the original model—adding seat belts, power steering, cruise control, power locks and keyless ignition, for example. And more modern innovations are proving to be especially impactful, offering a host of positive safety implications. Today’s cars are more powerful, efficient, automated and connected. The contemporary car is enhanced with automated vehicle technology features that have the computing power of 20 PCs, according to McKinsey & Company.

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Electronic Toll Collection (ETC): A Look at the Past, Present and Future

Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Economics, William S. Vickery introduced the U.S. to the concept of electronic toll collection (ETC) in the early 1960s. When birthing his brainchild, Vickery had to fight hard to convince Americans that this seemingly complicated method of toll payment would improve the existing system. Today, after seeing the fruits of his labor in play on roadways across the country, few would argue against Vickery’s vision.

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AT&T Offers New Unlimited Data Plan for Connected Cars

AT&T has 8 million connected vehicles on its U.S. network, and has partnerships with 19 different automakers to install connectivity.  So how is the company offering data plans for connected cars – and how are its customers responding? Business Insider has the details: http://www.businessinsider.com/att-offering-unlimited-data-plans-for-connected-cars-2016-5.

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Autonomous Vehicles Will Have Huge Impact on Global Economy

Morgan Stanley analysts say the economic impacts that autonomous vehicles are about to deliver – both on the U.S. and global economies – will be enormous.  The firm projects a staggering $1.3 trillion in annual savings for the U.S. economy, and $5.6 trillion in annual savings for the global economy, once autonomous vehicles fully penetrate these markets. Here’s Morgan Stanley’s detailed analysis: http://orfe.princeton.edu/~alaink/SmartDrivingCars/PDFs/Nov2013MORGAN-STANLEY-BLUE-PAPER-AUTONOMOUS-CARS%EF%BC%9A-SELF-DRIVING-THE-NEW-AUTO-INDUSTRY-PARADIGM.pdf.

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What Forces Are Accelerating and Decelerating Connected Car Realities?

Technological innovation, consumer enthusiasm, data and information security risks, government and legal regulations and more – what are the forces driving (and slowing) adoption of connected cars?  Tech Target takes a detailed look: http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/blog/IoT-Agenda/Driving-forces-accelerating-and-decelerating-connected-car-security.

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Intel Bets Big on IoT and Connected Cars

After being a late entrant into the smartphone market, tech giant Intel is determined to be an early entrant into the IoT (Internet of Things) market. With 20 million connected cars expected to hit U.S. roads by 2020, Intel sees a huge opportunity for growth across the semiconductor industry. Through innovation and acquisition strategies, here’s how Intel is trying to take advantage: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/05/31/intels-push-in-autonomous-cars-to-expand-its-iot-opportunities/#249e6c086ce3.

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Is a Unified Privacy Framework Coming to Connected Cars?

Multinational connected car automakers face an astonishing legal and regulatory maze, which, for better or worse, often slows innovation. Adopting unified, self-regulatory standards – protecting data privacy, while powering connected cars and autonomous vehicle communications – may be the fastest way to get connected cars on the road, globally. Bloomberg BNA spoke to several automotive executives to find out why: http://www.bna.com/unified-connected-cars-n57982072473/

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