Test Drive Auto Connected Car by Renting, Says Enterprise

enterpris e connected carRecently, 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.

Cars and Infotainment are Over-Connected?

nscEven 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 Filed Patent to Connect Car Photos of Pot Holes

fig3motorolaMotorola 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”

AAA Consumer Rights Needed for Connected Cars

aaacarThe American Automobile Association is concerned about all the data that will be collected from connected cars, in fact about 1-in-5 new cars sold this year will collect and transmit data outside the vehicle to improve safety and convenience for drivers.

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE Gain Pace 100 in Luxury Connected Cars + More by 2020

ethernetEthernet technology, Wi-Fi networks and other wireless technologies for the automotive industry is gaining pace in Europe and North America. The trend is towards connected cars with services such as automotive app stores and connected location-based services is fuelling the uptake reported Frost and Sullivan.

The new technology will integrate multiple consumer electronic devices, brand and other compelling features for tech hungry consumers.

Boomers Want to Stay Connected to the Cars They Buy

cashreflectionhyundaiIDC conducted a new connected car survey that shows people’s opinions about connected cars with a surprise.  Baby Boomers aka Boomers like to have connections in cars for phone conversations and applications.