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.
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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