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IoT Drives The Future Of Connected Cars

Connected cars will transform the way we interact with our vehicles. At the MWC earlier this month, it was clear that the Internet of Things, along with M2M connection, is speeding this transformation along.
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BARCELONA – A new generation of connected cars is on the horizon that will make many of us rethink our relationship to our vehicles. Automobiles are just one of the many places where the Internet of Things (IoT) is showing itself to be at the root of the next great wave of wireless innovation.

By December 2014 there were 12.6 billion connected devices. By the year 2020, it is expected that machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will represent 10% of the world's mobile connections, powering smart homes, smart cars, and smart workplaces, according to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association or GSMA, a trade group that represents about 1,000 different mobile operators and companies worldwide.

Automotive firms such as Ford, BMW, Mercedes, and GM are not the only ones thinking about connected cars and what IoT means for these vehicles. It was evident earlier this month at Mobile World Congress 2015 -- the GSMA hosts the show -- that wireless service providers are also taking connected vehicles seriously. The GSMA Innovative City display at MWC featured AT&T, Jasper, KT Corporation, Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, and Vodafone. These are among the many companies that are looking at the connected car as the wave of the future -- a proving ground for what IoT and M2M technologies can do to transform everyday life.

[Read about smart cars and security.]

In addition, car and tech companies have to consider and account for the large amount of data these sensors and devices will collect, and how they can use that information to make additional improvements, while protecting the data and the driver.

On the following pages, we offer glimpse of what the future will bring in terms of the connected car, and how IoT will make that vision possible.

(Susan Fourtane attended Mobile World Congress earlier this month and took all the photos in this story.)

Susan Fourtané is a Science & Technology journalist, writer, and philosopher with a life-long interest in science and technology -- and all things interesting. She has been a technology journalist for nearly 10 years writing and reporting for global print and online ... View Full Bio

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3/31/2015 | 11:42:55 PM
Re: The biggest mobile exhibition in the world
Nemos, and I am already planning to attend the IoT dedicated World Congress at the same place later this year. :) This is also another reason that let us see how big is the IoT and M2M getting and how it will affect everyone's life in one way or another. -Susan
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3/31/2015 | 11:39:46 PM
Re: The biggest mobile exhibition in the world
Nemos, Jealousy is never a good emotion. :( You should be happy I could attend MWC this year instead. As for what I liked the most, I suppose I had a special fascination for alll what is IoT, M2M, network advancements, 5G, mobile WiFi (in particular Huawei's), many other things that really make you see the speed at we are all going. It was huge. As you can see, all the five connected cars there attracted me. Innovation City was one of my favorite parts of the show. :) It was impossible to do all what I had planned to do and see there. And my health was not totally well, so it was a big effort for me in that sense, too. This is why you don't have to be jealous. I could have given up and not go because I was not in my peak condition. But I went. Well or bad I accomplished what I had to accomplish and I am happy I did. As for the city, I didn't see anything. No time, no strength for that. I will have to go back next year. :D -Susan
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3/31/2015 | 6:02:12 PM
Re: IoT Drives The Future Of Connected Cars
freespirit, What about steering and braking? Car manufacturers are well aware of security risks and of course it's not something that is going unattended. -Susan
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3/31/2015 | 5:58:48 PM
Re: Not just cars
Peter, Exactly, the security approach that most people are familiar with today is not the right one for IoT, but at the same time there are already new security systems and applications emerging to solve such problems. -Susan
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3/31/2015 | 5:55:25 PM
Re: Business as usual
asksqn, I am not sure if anyone's data can ever be protected from the NSA'a eyes no matter how secure it could be. However, there are security companies already specializing in IoT and all the data generated from them. More about this soon. :) -Susan
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