Connected car standards are vital

If autonomous and connected vehicles are to rule the road a host of stakeholders need to work together to build solutions. Tom Blackie explains how connected car standards can benefit everyone

Arguably, the modern connected car really began to take off when Ford Sync was announced in 2007. This joint venture with Microsoft allowed end users to make hands-free phone calls and radio adjustments via voice command, provided information from accelerometers for diagnostics, and called out recovery and emergency services after an accident.

Today’s vision of the car is a world away from Henry Ford’s Model T; a vehicle designed to get passengers from A to B in a relatively fast and affordable way. The car is now seen as an opportunity for them to browse the Web, download movies, play games, or finish up slides for that important business meeting, all while transporting them and their families safely and efficiently.

Car manufacturers want to take care of their customers by providing all the safety and comfort they can. On top of this, the ability to collect a variety of analytics and telematics data, to diagnose and fix problems remotely, and to upgrade integral software from the Cloud are all advantages enabled by increased in-car connectivity.

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