Looking to the Future of Automotive M2M


Will cars soon be driving themselves? When will the barriers to adoption of electric vehicles be reduced? How can automakers offer connected features, while still keeping a keen eye on safety? The future of automotive is a hot topic these days, as the M2M technology in vehicles is advancing at a very rapid rate. For consumers, the ability to understand such trends is essential since purchasing a new vehicle is often a long-term investment.

Interested in an electric vehicle? Don’t write off EVs just yet. Insufficient infrastructure and cumbersome payment methods have held back widespread adoption, but the tech community is working on a new way to pay if you own an electric vehicle.

An existing common method for charging your car is the membership model, which can be inconvenient for drivers because registering with multiple networks means carrying multiple RFID (radio-frequency identification) cards. Other options include SMS, mobile apps, or a mobile wallet on a smartphone.

Frost & Sullivan, www.frost.com, sees NFC (near-field communication) as possibly being a game changer, with the potential to provide secure authentication and access to authorized entities. The technology is even being tested in Deutsche Telekom’s, www.telekom.com, smart city project in Friedrichshafen.

What’s Next for the Connected Car? To understand what is coming next for connectivity in cars sometimes requires looking beyond what the automakers are doing and identifying the moves the technology companies are making. This can be a big indicator for what is on the horizon with the connected car.

For example, last week, Nuance Communications, www.nuance.com, signed an agreement with Tweddle Group to acquire the Tweddle Connect business, a platform for in-car infotainment systems that aggregates third-party applications and content such as Bing, Pandora, and more.

What does this mean for the connected-car market? With Nuance’s voice platform for voice dialing, message dictation, navigation, and more, combined with Tweddle Connect’s platform for content and infotainment, auto makers have more options to add to the car. In the end, the industry is moving toward offering drivers infotainment in the car—safely—through voice commands.

These are just a few of the trends to consider when purchasing a new vehicle: Should you buy an electric or hybrid car? What connectivity features should be at the top of your wish list?

Is there another big trend or question you would like to have answered about hybrid vehicles, connectivity, and more? Ask a Ford executive in a familiar forum—Twitter. At 9:30 a.m. pacific time on Wednesday, June 12, Connected World magazine will host a live tweet chat with Ford. Come see the tweet chat in person at the Connected World Conference, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, or join the tweet chat from anywhere in the world using #FordCW on Twitter.

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