Service-oriented architectures have been a standard approach in the IT world for decades. And it’s been on automakers’ agendas for at least five years. As over-the-air updates become more important for basic safety and infotainment features, moving to SOAs becomes imperative.
I’ve been covering mobile since 2000, and among the first memes was, “You’re driving past a McDonald’s, and you get a coupon.” Twenty years later, and there’s still no there there. This article examines whether pandemic behavior has changed enough that people will want to order and pay for stuff without leaving the car–and without picking up the phone.
It makes total sense: Google, Apple and Amazon have perfected voice assistants, and the car is a perfect, um, vehicle for getting things done hands-free.
Smart, voice-powered assistants’ potential to orchestrate a variety of services to answer a driver’s request could help automakers offer a branded, differentiated customer experience.
A case in point is Nomi, the Nio brand’s in-car assistant, pictured courtesy of Nio.
Or … not really secret. Many think that software is or will be a key differentiator for vehicles.
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.