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.
Dash is similar to Automatic, using Bluetooth and a connection to the OBD-II port to gather driving information and make suggestions. Automatic, however, currently only works with iPhone(Android coming soon) while Dash works with Android and will be available for iPhone in the future.
AGA also supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) research and V2V communications.
We may be driving more safely in the future when cars connect to each other. The U.S. government is looking into cars, buses and trucks communicate to each other and to the Department of Transportation to cut down on accidents, gas consumption and speeding. After reviewing research, the government will work on laws to require vehicle data connections in future models.
It’s called Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication in which vehicles talk to each other. It’s sort of like data saying to your car, “I’m over here traveling a 30 mph and you’re going 25 mph, get ready for a fender bender,” or “Watch out the drunk driving this car is going to run the stop sign!”
Car dealers can charge thousands of dollars for head units that connect cars to music, navigation and smartphones. Another viable options is to put an after market receiver with all the apps you need and more. Pioneer AppRadio3 devices will be available for$399-$499. The CD-DVD player (SPH-DA210) is currently available from Amazon for $362.29 with free shipping.
Ethernet 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.