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
When you hail a cab, soon it may not have a driver. General Motors and Lyft have announced plans to rollout a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Blot taxis on public roads. The first test city? That’s yet to be revealed. But in theory, Lyft customers will have the option to opt in, or out, of the self-driving electric taxi test when ordering a car from Lyft’s mobile app. Here’s more on how GM and Lyft are teaming up: http://www.wsj.com/articles/gm-lyft-to-test-self-driving-electric-taxis-1462460094.
Think the commercial trucking industry is not experimenting with autonomous vehicles? Think again! Already in Europe, tests are being done on “platooning,” which is when a group of trucks travels in a semi-autonomous convoy. Here’s how it all works: http://bit.ly/1WAZMih