Services for connected cars are usually evaluated by whether they’ll benefit the automaker and/or the consumer. Looking beyond push notifications for the nearest fast-food joint, there could be some societal benefits from these services. This article examines the potential for social good.
Most people hate shopping for a new car. Making the experience efficient and enjoyable could be a competitive advantage for automakers.
Hyundai and Renault are great examples of how to do this–now and in the future.
The consensus is that Waymo and GM are furthest along in the development of self-driving vehicles. This article takes a deeper look:
With automakers firmly committed to producing autonomous vehicles, will self-driving features be seen as luxurious? How soon will they become expected, the way automatic transmissions and power steering are? This article explores how and whether car makers will handle messaging about self-driving features.
Blockchain is not all about bitcoin. I identified four promising uses for the technology in the automotive sector. (Forgive my editor’s jokey title.)
To really get the benefits from smart, connected and autonomous vehicles, cities will need to make big changes. But they face big barriers to this evolution.
I spoke to experts from the Smart Cities Council, Smart City Works, and the oneTransport initiative to find out whether cities are up to the challenge.
It’s becoming clear that level 3 #autonomous driving won’t be much fun — or very safe. Drivers will be expected to pay attention and stay ready to take control in an emergency, so what’s the point?
Experts explain why we’ll see a mix of truly autonomous vehicles and more advanced driver safety features instead of what has been proposed as the third level.
I talked with robotics researchers working on aspects of autonomous cars. Turns out, soccer is harder than driving.
Evidently, whether self-driving cars will need to be connected to external databases, maps or whatever is a matter of contention. I always thought they would, to access real-time maps, traffic and road info, etc. In the world of research, however, “autonomous” means the vehicle has no need to connect to any external systems. This article examines how real-world autonomous cars will make use of their persistent connections.
I think I deserve props for not using that Reese’s P-butter Cups analogy. : )
There’s not as much hype about big data in the auto industry as there is in marketing, but, for sure, connected vehicles will generate big, big data. This article discusses the barriers to making use of it and business-case questions still to be answered.