What Does “Connected Car” Mean?


Speed Read:

The “con­nect­ed car” is a phrase the auto­mo­tive indus­try has played around with for years that’s now becom­ing bet­ter known to con­sumers.

It’s how your vehi­cle con­nects with you, your smart­phone, the road, oth­er vehi­cles, its man­u­fac­tur­er and itself.

Drill-Down Details:

Here are five things con­sumers should know about the con­nect­ed car:

5. The “rev­o­lu­tion” is here: Vehi­cles com­mu­ni­cate with a host of inter­nal and exter­nal par­ties. Sen­sors com­mu­ni­cate with parts of a vehi­cle and con­trollers to next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies are being devel­oped for nav­i­ga­tion and safe­ty fea­tures.

4. Info­tain­ment: Awk­ward way to say Inter­net on wheels

3. Auto+Tech= Progress: The rapid expan­sion of in-vehi­cle tech­nolo­gies, automak­ers and sup­pli­ers find them­selves com­bin­ing with soft­ware and tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies more than ever.

2. Autonomous not so auto­mat­ic:  autonomous vehi­cles can dri­ve them­selves using sen­sors, map data and cam­eras. A semi-auto­mat­ed vehi­cle is one that has the abil­i­ty to dri­ve itself under cer­tain cir­cum­stances, but always keeps the dri­ver in the loop.

1. No sin­gle answer: The bot­tom line is no mat­ter what aspect of the grow­ing con­nect­ed car con­ver­sa­tion you are dis­cussing, there isn’t going to be one end-all solu­tion, accord­ing to offi­cials.





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