Connected Car Data Expansion Needed by Drivers and Wireless Carriers

carinlightdrivingConnected cars with connected drivers is a new opportunity for automobile OEMs and mobile operators to provide services in cars. A new report from iGR predicts.

From 2012 to 2017, the number of connected cars in the U.S. is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 142%.

Apple Connects Cars to iPhone5/5s/5c to Beats, Spotify & iHeart Radio

mappingCarplayAt the Geneva Auto Show, Apple announced  Apple CarPlay for iPod/iPad/iPhone and iOS in cars that will first arrive in Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz Hyundai and Volvo in 2104.

Apple calls CarPlay “The best iPhone experience on four wheels.”  The display enlarges all of the iOS functions significantly.

Driverless Autonomous Robotic Cars Will Auto-Pilot Growth for IBM & Google

NissanAutonomousDriveResearch and Markets reported that automated driving will achieve significant growth. These vehicles are sometimes called autonomous, auto-piloted or robotic cars.

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.

Ford at Moble World Congress: Automated Research Car, Self Parking, SYNC 2 & More

fordindashappFord made many announcements at Mobile World Congress and showed how it is advancing connected car services.

The new Ford Focus has rear sensors for the Cross-Traffic Alerts warning drivers of traffic while driving in reverse as well as blind spot alerts. The City Stop feature will try to stop the Ford if there is chance of accident.

Mitsubishi Heads Up for Prediction Driving

mistubishihudMitsubishi Electric has the “Ultra-simple HMI” which predicts what the driver wants to do an then shows options on screen in front of the driver’s eyes that can be activated by voice or easy-to-reach buttons, called the HMI.

The screen is 17.w inches making it easier to see and requires less eye movement.

Renault Kwid Lauches Bird’s-Eye View of Connected Car with Flying Copter Drones

Kwid Renalut with DroneWe drivers in low riding compact cars often wish we had bird’s eye view of traffic like SUV and truck driver’s see. In the future, a car may send out a flying quadro-copter flying companion drone that will eagle scout dangers and traffic on the road ahead.

Renault besides its auto-connected concept car, the “Next Two”  also showed the Kwid copter concept car at the Chicago auto show.

AUTO Connected Car Review of Chicago Auto Show News: Hyundai, Aha, Connected Car 2014 & Next

renaultLet’s see the latest announcements for AUTO Connected Car readers from the Chicago Auto Show.

Hyundai America announced the enhanced Blue Link system Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.  Today, Hyundai announced the same Google location search will be part of an update for 500,000 Hyundai owners with the previous version of Blue Link. It offers voice Google search and navigation along with Google Glass integration.

dash App Better Driving with Car Info & Bluetooth for Android Like Automatic

DashappandroidscoresHere’s an easy inexpensive way to connect to the data in car on Android via Bluetooth. Dash claims it can “make any car, a smart car.”

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.