Monday 1st July 2013
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The future of new cars is to ensure they are connected to the internet. Gone are the days of literally just checking the comfort and efficiency of a new car. These days, you will be asking the more important question to the salesman, 'Is the car connected?' The era is upon us now whereby our new cars talk to the Internet and wireless LAN. There is no dismissing the fact that when buying a new car in the future, connected cars will be crucial in our decision making whether we choose to buy, or not.

The growth of connecting cars to the internet is not solely for the European market; other countries are also developing connected cars such as Russia, China, Brazil, Japan and USA.

Infrastructure of connected cars

All major car manufacturers have connected cars; each company uses different interfaces, but in the main they are very similar. Manufacturers include Chrysler, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, Toyota and many more. It is said that Ford and General Motors are the leading manufacturers in this technology software. However, by 2014, every manufacturer will have an internet interface which will certainly bring about huge competition.

As each manufacturer individually develops their own internet interface, there needs to be 100% communication and cooperation between them. Cooperative Vehicle Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) is a European company who promises to improve vehicle to vehicle collaboration across all manufacturers that should provide generic software. For an example if this is not used then you could end up with Nissan cars only being able to talk to other Nissan cars for an example. This teamwork that has been built between the CVIS, manufacturers and connected cars will greatly improve transport systems and safer roads in the future.

The benefits of connected cars will include better efficiency in traffic control, improved logistics and an improved environment by reducing congestion and pollution. Additionally, improvements will include better urban and inter-urban networks and traffic safety. Traffic safety aims to combat hazards, fatal accidents, deaths, yet at the same time improve in car control and functionality.

Connected cars is an incredible breakthrough; motorists will experience advanced GPS benefits, voice control, easy apps to control the car, smart keys to be used as credit cards, charging, docking cars and much more.

It is believed the buzz of connected cars began approximately 2003. During that year, the government banned the use of mobile phones while driving. Hence, manufactures believed the mobile phone interface could somehow be infiltrated onto the dashboard.

Mobile phones while driving are incredibly dangerous, but an interface on a dashboard or windscreen is better for road safety.

Motorists no longer need to look down to find out helpful information. The new era is here; with the push of a button using an easy app right in front of you motorists will be able to locate their preferences. Some choices include apps for parking spaces, fuel stations and their prices, traffic light changing times, cafes and restaurants, toilets, accidents, safer routes and much more. Also, should your car get stolen you should be able to log in online to find out its location.

Connected cars for the internet are probably one of the fastest growing technological breakthroughs since the invention of the mobile phone and the tablet.

The future for the car manufacturers really is looking great; they are set to sell more cars than they have ever done before. It is believed that motorists would prefer connected cars above and beyond a car that has no wireless internet connection.

What are your views on connected cars?