Connected cars: When is the breakthrough coming?

By Bill Howard on February 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

From all the announcements of connected cars at CES and the Detroit Auto Show in the past month, you might think the smart car that streams the internet, finds top-rated restaurants, and provides you with great infotainment is arriving this spring. The reality is less dazzling. What you’ve been reading about are training-wheel steps that are mainly more ways to stream music, and a lot of the time that’s only if you bring your own smartphone. These first steps let the car’s controls manage your device, which could already stream music to the car as long as your ride uses any technology newer than the compact disc.

The working, evolving definition of a connected car is a vehicle with internet access that can be shared with the navigation and infotainment systems, as well as with the passengers inside. It can also mean any kind of voice or data pipe (telematics) in the car that communicates on your behalf if you’re in a crash, such as GM’s OnStar, or you left the keys inside, again. A permanent, in-car connection means the automobile can talk with your smartphone and you can learn “Where did I park?” or “How charged is the battery pack on my plug-in hybrid?” with a simple app command or text message.

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