In-vehicle technology/connected car tech was an important factor when buying a new vehicle within the past year for more 59% online U.S. consumers of driving age, according to research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
There are not many EV cars such as the Toyota Prius EV that can be charged wirelessly, yet, however a new report for WinterGreen Research shows lots of wireless charging pads landing for cars in the next few years, to the tune of $4.6 Billion in 2019.
Worldwide wireless car charging markets should achieve significant growth, notes the report.
There are a lot of questions raised in Covisint’s study on auto-owners and engagement. Covisint provided the platform for the Hyudai BlueLink system that connects to Google Glass and has Siri Eyes Free.
The study shows that the overall impression of the car maker improves with a great connected car experience over the life of the car and car owner.
The comfy virtual cockpit allows drivers to relax and lets the car drive itself through a few buttons on the dash. When the car is in automatic driving mode, the head unit screen system shows the car’s planned driving maneuvers while a second screen gives access to infotainment functions. The steering wheel moves away. At any time like when an airplane is using auto-pilot the driver can take over driving the car.(see video below)
Pandora is one of the most popular streaming media apps and the company is hoping to be as ubiquitous in the automotive space. Pandora is opening up its box with great music at SXSW at the Gatsby inAustin’s Red River District. More than 35 acts are scheduled to perform over four days March 12-15 that will streamed live. Types of music played will include electronic, pop, hip hop, R&B, Americana, indie rock and eclectic music.
In an interview with iMedia Connection, Heidi Browning is the SVP of strategic solutions at Pandora, said some interesting things bout Pandora:
IBM and Google will be software vendors for the robotic vehicles according to Research and Markets, that reported that IBM has the lead with its excellent integrated reliable middleware.
At Black Hat Asia Spanish researchers Javier Vazquez-Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera will show a device that when connected to cars can turn off headlights, set off alarms, and roll windows down or set the parking break. The device is called deviCan Hacking Tool or CHT.
Recently, I rented a car with a full navigation and smartphone connectable Bluetooth head unit. It was a delight to listen to iTunes while driving in areas where there is bad radio reception. It helped me realize how important a connected car can be people who are on the road for long periods of time.
A recent study by Enterprise Holdings reported that younger Americans, especially Millenials see renting a car as a test drive and a way to discover new technology.
Even though Gen Y through Boomers want connected cars, the National Safety Council today warned of the dangers of too much infotainment going on while driving and support initiatives by car companies and after market manufacturers to limit infotainment functionality when requested by the driver and or parents.
Motorola has filed a patent for connected car commuters. Motorola’s patent will identify road hazards, take photos of them and them then send the problems to drivers en route behind the car using the technology.
The patent was filed by Motorola Mobility that is now owned by Lennovo. It is not clear if Google now owns the patent or Lennovo.
The patent is titled “Inter-Vehicle Alert System with Nagable Video Look Ahead”