Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Do you really want to drive in the cloud?

Gone are the days of getting in the car and shutting yourself off from the world. We're now in the age of connected cars.
By 2018, automobiles with connected capabilities were almost 39% of the US market. By 2020, Gartner estimates that 250 million connected vehicles will be on the roadways, “making [them] a major element of the Internet of Things.”
By 2022, the market penetration is expected to reach over 80%. Much of this growth will start in premium cars and then the technology will filter down into the value segment.
By 2020, new model cars will have upwards of 200 sensors measuring data within the car and around its immediate environment. It’s estimated that these cars will be generating 4 terabytes of data per car per day.
What does this mean for you?
When vehicle systems relay sensor-generated data, drivers can receive alerts about road conditions and driving hazards, such as congested roads, highway debris, or potholes—all well in advance of encountering these problems. When vehicle systems are connected to the roadway infrastructure, sensor generated data can supply accurate, real-time traffic data allowing mapping programs to plot the most efficient route, so drivers save time and greenhouse gas emissions are minimized.
Biometric sensor technology will be another, increasingly important area for innovation. Soon, face, ocular, voice, or ECG technology will enable cars to recognize their driver. Rather than using a key or pressing a keyless start button, the driver will simply grab the steering wheel and embedded biometric sensors will start the car. Piezo sensors embedded in the car seat will monitor heart rate while dashboard cameras will track head movements to see if a driver is getting drowsy.
Fine, as long as I can get my local rock and roll station.

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