Here Lonnie Miller, Principal Automotive Industry Consultant, at SAS shares his thoughts on the direction connected vehicles will take in this new year.
Avoid danger, find a parking spot
Vehicles communicating with each other and city or roadway infrastructures will become more prominent as auto makers allow drivers to inform each other about dangerous road conditions or available parking. Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks does this now, but more auto makers plan to offer this basic benefit in the future to support safety and convenience.
Safer driving, lower auto insurance premiums
The vehicle you drive in the future may increasingly use sensors and other connected technologies to monitor habits like your braking and acceleration behaviour. That data can be used to alert you to slow down and drive safer, and insurance companies can use the data as an incentive to help you to save on your insurance premiums.
Better, safer vehicles
Auto makers and their suppliers will use connected vehicle data to build and design better vehicles. If a new model sedan is known for having acceleration issues, for example, manufacturing engineers can use the data to fine tune that model’s performance before the next release.
A treasure chest of goods and convenience
Your morning latte may cost less from the drive-thru window you normally patronise because of IoT data and connected vehicles. For example, if you take a specific morning route Monday through Friday, the auto maker (safely and with permission) can use the vehicle’s data stream to connect with selected goods and services along your route through its network of retail and service partners.