How The Internet Will Change Your Car

How The Internet Will Change Your Car

April 25, 2016 Written by Al
How The Internet Will Change Your Car
The revolution will not be televised, or so the saying goes. Instead it will be beamed directly to our cars through personalised hotspots or in-car access to the Internet.
 
Personalised hotspots in cars is something we have spoken about before in Big Central blogs. Cars have the potential to become a mobile office by having a connection to the Internet. There are two large questions surrounding this topic: How will this change how we use our cars? And what are the benefits of having a car connected to the web?
 
When we talk about connected cars, we are talking about so much more than just having cars we can browse the Internet in. Thinking about the Internet through the medium of Internet browsers is an antiquated way of thinking about things, as it is more of a web than ever before. This is not just of websites but also of connected devices, from phones to cars, and how they can interact with one another. This is known world wide as the Internet of Things.
 
Where being able to browse and connect to the web through a car is impressive, and where being able to have an office on the road is also an appealing thought, it is even more impressive to consider what the car can do as part of the Internet of Things. It means everything from data tracking to software updates.
 
Okay, so no, those don’t sound exciting, but they are when you consider what it is they can do within the car. Take data tracking as an example.
 
Through tracking how you drive in comparison to other key events within your life it is possible for your car to tailor the experience of driving to your individual needs as a driver. If the car knows your route home and how you drive then it can inform you of the best way to save fuel in the car, or even tell you alternative routes to get you home by a specific time. If you usually get home for 6pm to watch Pointless on TV then the car can interact with your television to ensure that Pointless is recorded if you are going to be late. It can interact with other objects within the Internet of Things, and that is incredible.
 
Alternatively, software updates could be the introduction we need into mainstream driverless cars. When a car that could par itself was created, a couple of years ago, this was the beginning of a brand new possibility. What this means is that the physical hardware for a car to drive itself is there, and a software update could change how a car interacts with its environment to create a car that can, in some cases, drive itself. It is a phenomenal thought.
 
No matter what, the potential is huge. Cars being connected to the Internet are the start of something the likes of which we have never seen before. Technology becoming a physical entity within our world, as a moving physical being connected to the Internet. It is a thought from science fiction that is rapidly becoming science fact.
 

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