Mobility has taken over almost all technologies in every field we can think of. Cars and other automobiles are no exception. According to research by the GSMA, by the year of 2025, all new cars will have mobile technology. The giant companies are already calling mobile, the future technology in cars. Few headlines have drawn our attention –Uber purchasing 2500 driverless cars from Google, General Motors to offer smartphone wireless charging in 2014 cars and Apple Inc. working on Siri installation right there on the steering wheel of the latest cars. Looking at the influence of mobility on automobile industry, it clearly indicates that the future technology cars will have revolutionary gadgets and electronic instruments.
Why do automobile manufacturers look upon mobile technology?
Rough and reckless driving is one of the most worrying problems across the world. Hundreds of thousands of people die every year because of this and there’s no stopping. Automobile manufacturers do not bank upon public service announcements, laws and other safety instructions anymore. They are taking the matter in their own hands. The carmakers like Ford, Nissan, General Motors, BMW, Bentley etc. are already putting millions of dollars in research and developing mobile technology to make their vehicles safer and more user friendly.
With in-built features in cars, the owners shall have no difficulties in adopting the newer technology developed for the safety of themselves as well as others. The tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft and Android along with auto giants including BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Bentley are in constant efforts to make the future technology cars better than ever before.
The Mobile Phone – The only wireless off-board device accepted by the car manufacturers
Over the years, GPS and Bluetooth were the only technologies used for automobiles to make them secure and better. Today, automotive technology revolves around smart mobile devices especially mobile phones. In fact, the mobile phone is the only wireless off-board device approved by car manufacturers for integration.
Integrating the latest mobile technology in the car requires a unique approach. Manufactures take every facet into account for developing smarter and active safety systems for an automobile. They do it by including GPS input, radar sensor, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), video camera and other optical sensors etc.
Latest technology for cars
Near-field communication (NFC) is one of the most useful technologies almost all car manufacturers put in their luxury sedan models. Here are five key features of NFC used in high-end cars.
- Lend/share car – the car owner, using this feature, can grant a time-bound key by P2P communication between mobile phones
- Diagnosing the problem – car’s NFC slot would have a smartphone close to it to use this feature. In this, diagnosing the problem in the car will happen through smartphones. The driver will not have to wait for a mechanic to come and do it.
- Customization of driver’s seat – in this feature, the driver will have personal settings to set the seat and steering wheel settings. It will make easier for the driver when other person uses the same car or when they drive others.
- Entry in a car – remote car access through RF devices is old and outdated. To enter the car, the driver will move the smartphone closely to the drive-side door’s handle. The handle would read the phone and open the door.
- Starting a car – to use this feature, again, the driver has to move an authorized smartphone close to the NFC slot of the car. The car authenticates the phone, and the driver then just needs to press the button –start.
There are some other technologies used in automobile (especially cars) in addition to near-field communication technology. Below mentioned are other few examples.
- According to research by GSMA, by 2025, all cars will have mobile technology for driver’s safety. Connected cars would send an emergency signal (call) with location details after any collision causing accident automatically. This will help the emergency service providers (ambulance, cops and firefighter) locate and help the victims earliest possible.
- The mobile technology shall have entertaining apps in cars. Access to social media networking sites, music streaming and news and weather updates will certainly become part of it.
- If we open the doors of our imagination, in the future, we may think having data connections to carriers and onboard computers in technologically advanced cars with the facility to access, use and update wirelessly through the cloud.
- Automotive cockpits might have OLEDs with touchscreens to provide information and entertainment from the cloud.
Google Driverless Cars – The next generation cars have begun
The first generation GX1000 (Google’s car) was a 2-seat commuter model. It was then followed by GX2100, a 5-seater family sedan by Google.
The latest driverless cars by Google modeled as GX3200 is a fully electric, fully automatic car. With a room, wide enough to swing a cat, it also has boot space for 3 suitcases. Each car serves as its own wireless base station through what the passengers have access to the internet through Google’s WirelessGig service. All thanks to its low-weight and contemporary fuel-cell technology, the GX3200 can run 750 miles with a single charge. It has standby mode up to 48 hr.
As far as Google Car is concerned, the giant has its vision clear. The car is for nonpersonal use, and that is why Google aims for the enterprise market of local transport providers (such as Uber) and also a few municipalities including Chicago and New York. This way, the cities would have better technology, ecofriendly engines running on the roads.
Cars to Have 4G Mobile Technology without Smartphone!
General Motors Co. is getting ahead in latest automobile technology as it is planning for a 4G network in its sedans that do not require smartphones. In addition, 4G mobile broadband technology will offer the internet which is 10 times faster than current technology available for cars. GM shall have it across its sedan models under the brand Chevrolet, Cadillac, Opel, Vauxhall and GMC etc.
Hybrid Technology Cars – the future of sedans
Hybrid technology cars will have all the latest gadgets and mobile instruments integrated with its internal as well as external systems and servers. Nevertheless, no matter what, the latest technologies shall revolve around four basic needs of humankind in vehicles mentioned below.
Driver’s Safety: Driver oriented features shall be the primary goal in all future technology cars. The car itself shall inform the driver about traffic updates, accidents or any other roadway hassle on the route selected by the driver. Mobile based technology integrated in cars shall also enable the drivers know about weather alert and call customer-centers of concerned services anytime from anywhere. With better navigation and geo-specific smartphone apps, the drivers shall be able to send message and/or seek for help more accurately.
Emergency Contact: Today, if you lose your smartphone or mobile device in an accident. You are helpless and cannot call emergency. This shall not be an issue in the future. The advanced technology in future cars shall have integrated systems that will send an emergency message to concerned phones with the location of your vehicle.
Detecting Vehicles: Ford has already launched sedans with easy-parking systems that do not require driver’s skills! The vehicle automatically detects the space that the car shall fit perfectly in. The car then goes into automatic mode and parks itself. Also, while speeding, the car shall detect the distance of the vehicle in front or back and advise the driver accordingly. This shall help avoid accidents due to speed.
Entertainment: Listening to music through music systems shall be outdated. Entertainment will be more in terms of sharing stuffs on social networking sites. Apple is already working with a few automobile giants to have SIRI on the steering wheel. This will not only play music, but also serve all the things on your voice command. The backseat entertainment shall include latest LED displays with connection to blue-ray players or direct internet through the cloud to play videos online. In addition, the game consoles could be available right there on the back of the seats, the way we have it on flights.
The automobile giant Ford has already planned to release a programming interface for its SYNC in-car control system. The system will enable registered users getting a kit to develop voice-controlled dashboard applications. The possibilities of having advanced mobile technology for cars are endless. Ford also plans to have a Bluetooth wireless based application linking a glucose monitor to SYNC. This shall provide an alarm to prevent a diabetic from staying too long with no medicines or advising to have a diabetic snack.
With the rapid growth of mobile technology in almost every sector, automobile industry is no exception. The European Commission already announced that it is planning to have emergency service call features in all the new cars by 2015. It is soon going to be mandatory for all cars and trucks
The Dangers of Future Mobile Technology in Cars
Unless it is hands-free, the latest digital devices shall do wonders. The challenges against mobile apps developers for automobile include making applications that work without drawing much attention of the driver. Texting and talking on smart mobile devices is already a bothering issue worldwide. The U.S. Department of Transportation statistics reveal that approximately 5600 people died in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2009. The future technology cars must not have anything that forces the drivers to concentrate on the device than roads.
BMW’s voice-to-text email technology is already available in its sedans. Using BMW’s ConnectedDrive, you can connect BlackBerry phone to the dashboard console via Bluetooth. The audio system shall read out loud what all messages and mails you receive. Such technology in future cars will not only provide better security but also make the driving easier and merrier.