After 20 years, you are finally donating your Ford Taurus to your favorite charity and are ready to buy a new connected car that will transport you into the 21st century. Years after buying it at the auto dealership, and wondering if the optional cruise control was worth it, you’re finally stepping up to a truly intelligent car. But what a ride it’s been, with the countless memories, vehicle-related transactions – and hassles. Like a living creature, an automobile has a long and complicated life-cycle that makes automobile ownership or leasing a big responsibility. Over the years, you’ve had countless oil changes, continuously paid insurance premiums, and had to renew your registration regularly.
A smartphone on wheels. And more. That’s how innovators in the automotive and auto tech industries are envisioning cars of the future. Imagine an intelligent, connected vehicle that communicates with your home heater on a cold, snowy day to ensure the interior is toasty when you walk through the door. A car that preheats your oven so you can start dinner upon arrival.
One digital security expert believes the best way car manufacturers can keep consumers safe is by continually trying to hack their own products. In fact, he argues, the more hacker tests automakers conduct, the safer their customers will be. Here’s why: http://ubm.io/1ZmZJ72
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/
What are the hottest new car technologies? Lane departure warnings, limited self-driving modes, automatic braking and other technologies are already ascendant; autonomous vehicle technologies are coming soon to a roadway near you. Here’s where things are headed – fast: http://usat.ly/24nD7dA