The evolution of IoT has changed how people, devices, and vehicles communicate. Connected Car technology connects the vehicle with nearby cars, devices, and Smart City system or infrastructures.
Smart cars or Connected Cars are equipped with an inbuilt connectivity system. This connection allows the vehicle to share information on the internet. The information is shared anonymously to prevent vehicle tracking or tampering.
Connected Car technology is an essential part of the Intelligent Transportation System. Connected Cars are designed to enable safety by interconnecting the vehicles. All the vehicles in the system are connected to a smart network to trigger automatic notification or response during a hazardous event.
Uses of Connected Car Technology
Connected vehicles can share real-time mobility and safety data. These vehicles can also be connected to infrastructures like traffic signals, school zones, and work zones for user safety.
According to Juniper Research, in 2021, there will be 122 million vehicles with Directly Integrated Services.
Connected Car technology enables communication via vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connections. This emerging technology plays an important role in traffic management and intersection safety in urban areas. Some important uses of this technology are highlighted below:
- Automatic notifications about congestion or crash sites and reporting of collision incidents
- Route planning according to real-time traffic data
- Cruise control to automatically adjust vehicle speed
- Real-time collision data allows the first responders to reach the accident location faster; hence it improves response time
- Pedestrians or bicyclists can be detected using Bluetooth or smart sensors deployed in the vehicle. This can prevent collisions or accidents in crowded city intersections.
- Vehicle usage analytics, fuel management and vehicle tracking enable efficient fleet management
- The vehicles can share data about their position or connect to the Smart Parking systems within their vicinity. They can also connect to signage like stop signs for a better judgment of right of way.
With sensors, cameras, and high-speed networks such as 5G, Connected Cars can easily navigate in dense cities. The location-based services offered by Connected Car technology ensure cost and fuel efficiency. They can connect the driver with the devices outside or inside the car. The driver can perform the following:
- Turn the vehicle on or off using a smartphone or any other gadget. Scheduling the starting of the car’s engine can help the driver save time.
- Track stolen vehicles via real-time location data
- Enjoy better In-Car entertainment services with new apps
- Remotely control car features like flashing headlights or horns to locate the vehicle in a parking area
- View or share diagnostic data to plan services like oil changing or maintenance
- Automatically connect to the dealership or manufacturer for emergency alerts
- Share the internet with other passengers via hotspots to improve the entertainment for them
GPS is a powerful tool for the advancement of Connected Car technology. It supports the idea of autonomous driving. Connected Car technology, combined with Smart Cities, can revolutionize traffic management by improving safety and optimizing traffic flow.
Automobile manufacturers are constantly working on equipping cars with modern technology for a better driving experience. The Connected Car solution by RPMAnetworks uses advanced V2X software to ensure secure communication between vehicles and critical infrastructure. Prominent features of this solution include the eCall Functionality, Voice-based AI communication, and the latest 5G service.