The connected cars of tomorrow are right around the corner. There are myriad ways the Internet of Things [IoT] will revolutionize the way we travel, whether it’s by car, bus, boat or train. Carmakers connect their vehicles to the IoT in one of two ways, or both: technology that is built-in, or embedded in a vehicle, and technology that is tethered to a mobile device you bring along for the ride. The production of embedded and/or tethered connected vehicles is forecast to increase from 12.4 million in 2016 to 61 million in 2020.
Here are the top three ways the IoT will impact travel in the future, beginning with ways in which it is already doing so.
1. Smart Car Convenience
With today’s 4G networks powering navigation systems, alerting us to traffic conditions, and feeding content to in-vehicle infotainment systems, one could argue it already has. With features like GPS-aided navigation, voice-activated infotainment systems and power ports for plug-ins galore, many vehicles are now connected, comfortable, state-of-the-art living rooms on wheels. Internet connectivity also allows the vehicle owner to analyze its performance and help diagnose problems requiring repair.
The rapid growth expected in the IoT will be driven largely by the connected vehicle – …