Cars have evolved into dynamic devices similar to smartphones that are easily updated. By investing in appropriate software solutions for car connectivity, drivers and transport industry participants alike can gain significant value.
For example, over-the-air updates can significantly enhance navigation systems’ performance, and car data could save consumers time by finding optimal routes to their destinations.
1. Real-time Navigation
Imagine a world in which cars find parking spaces themselves and intelligent traffic lights direct their green phases for improved traffic flow – this vision is becoming reality thanks to connected car technology.
Connected systems offer various services, such as remote diagnostics and maintenance alerts, real-time traffic information and routing suggestions to help drivers avoid congestion.
Embedded systems are constructed into cars and run on an operating system tailored to them; while tethered systems connect directly with drivers’ mobile devices.
Embedded systems typically allow users to play music, access apps, and utilize navigation functions that they are familiar with on their smartphones – which makes the systems simple for anyone to use and makes updates possible over-the-air. A McKinsey survey indicates that 37 percent of consumers value connectivity so highly they would change car brands for improved features.
2. Enhanced Safety
Drivers can utilize various connected car apps to remotely unlock their vehicles, check battery status in electric cars and manage climate systems. Some models even feature built-in GPS that enables them to follow navigation instructions without an external device.
Connected cars generate and transmit an impressive amount of data, connecting with internet services, road infrastructure and other vehicles or pedestrians for communication purposes. The aim is to increase both safety and convenience on roads. This technology, known as Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X), promises to boost motorist and road environment protection.
Smart traffic lights can anticipate congestion and direct their green phases accordingly, saving fuel and time while preventing crashes. Cars that communicate can quickly locate available parking spots, eliminating the frustration of searching endlessly for one.
Cloud-connected cars can automatically update drivers with road and traffic conditions, enabling them to plan more efficient routes to their destinations – helping reduce both congestion and fuel usage.
Drivers have access to and manage the functions of their vehicle remotely, including diagnostic sensors that alert them of potential issues before they become dangerous or costly. Furthermore, these features allow for easier vehicle maintenance without requiring long visits to garages or car shops.
Linking their vehicles with mobile apps enables drivers to enjoy music and entertainment, take calls hands-free while driving, use their smartphone to unlock their car for smoother commutes and park it remotely using its GPS capabilities.
4. Fuel Efficiency
By choosing an ideal connected car plan, you can stream music, receive service notifications and utilize apps such as navigation. Furthermore, with vehicle-to-cloud and car-to-everything capabilities drivers can sync their smartphones to their infotainment systems while controlling entertainment services using voice-activated controls for hands-free convenience.
Connected cars can share information between each other and communication infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion by rerouting vehicles around heavy congestion or altering signal phase timings. Furthermore, connected car technology provides real-time road conditions updates allowing drivers to more quickly spot hazards and slow down when necessary; additionally improving parking efficiency by helping drivers quickly find empty parking spots or remotely parking their car from any location.
By connecting smartphones to vehicles’ entertainment systems, passengers have access to an assortment of apps ranging from music streaming services and podcasts, e-books and e-readers – providing entertainment or allowing them to customize the system according to their own tastes and needs.
Other connected car technologies, like vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, allow cars to communicate over wireless networks to share information such as road conditions, speed limits and traffic hazards with each other and thus improve traffic flow and reduce congestion – thus cutting energy usage and emissions.
Other connectivity features include over-the-air (OTA) software updates, remote vehicle diagnostics and tethering capabilities for mobile devices. Tethering capabilities are especially popular among EVs as it enables direct charging station connection; customers have enthusiastically embraced this new technology: according to McKinsey research half of all drivers would switch brands offering smarter in-car features.