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6 Connected Vehicles Steal The Show At MWC

Car innovations are coming fast and furious at this year's Mobile World Congress.
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Mobile World Congress 2015 is getting really mobile with an emphasis on connected cars and other vehicles (including an electric bicycle). Announcements from major automakers at the event this week, including Ford, Renault-Nissan, and Volvo indicate that car companies are taking the connected vehicle seriously. Software and communications companies are getting into the act as well.

Like it or not, the driverless car is getting closer to reality than ever, with several major announcements of steps toward semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. If all that's not enough, companies are scrambling to make your car more useful and integrated into your lifestyle.

Despite the company's constant denials, the specter of an Apple car looms over the car announcements, with many CEOs being forced to address how they'd feel if Apple joined the car game. Whether it is Apple, Google, or another firm, it is clear that automakers are being forced to give up a piece of their pie to software companies. Center consoles in cars increasingly resemble tablets or even full PCs, and much of a car's operation is now driven by software. Companies are scrambling to make your car more useful and integrated into your lifestyle.

Other areas of mobile are beginning to intersect with vehicles as well, including mobile payments, the Internet of Things, and even fitness. Competition for the center console is fierce enough that the best offerings might mean a boost in auto sales, so automakers aren't going to fool around.

On the following pages we highlight some of the best innovations in transportation at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Once you've had a look through the offerings, tell us what you think about them in the comments section below.

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3/4/2015 | 2:35:46 PM
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@TerryB- You raise a lot of questions. One at a time. I assume the little old lady becomes less of a problem if she has lane assist and stop and go driving assist. But to be fair, from all the studies I've seen the little old lady is less of a problem than those trying to drive faster than the traffic aroudn them. As they weave in and around slower traffic, they force others to correct their speed. that causes a wave effect.

If everyone would just hangout in a lane and drive the speed the traffic is going, we'd have fewer problems.

As for NASCAR, it seems like personality drives the sport. I would imagine watching robot driven cars wouldn't be nearly as fun. I think they call that Formula One. :)

No, seriously, I would assume that this technology will only be introduced as saftey becomes an issue. There's no point in teaching a car to change lanes for a driver, but one that took over in case of an accident might not be a terrible thing.

As for DWI, I think none of that matters until we get fully driverless cars. Since the cars until then will require a driver for some aspect of the driving, you still have to stay sober. As soon as we go driverless, you are just riding. I assume the MADD people will get jobs for another good cause.
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3/4/2015 | 2:56:16 PM
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@TerryB- No, I'm saying that jetting into spaces too small to fit at unrealistic speeds creates it. If you are in a slow lane on the right, jetting into the left lane makes you happy, but you can't accelerate up to their speed fast enough. So everyone in the faster lane taps on their brakes because you jumped in front of them. 
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