Why is connected car changing the automotive industry?

Connectivity is developing rapidly and as cars turn into smart devices, it’s no wonder that data has become a key component of the latest electric vehicles

The world is becoming a digital ecosystem. Everything from phones and laptops to home appliances and heating are digital and everything can be changed at the click of a button. With electric vehicles (EVs) taking over the automotive industry, their likeness to smart devices opens up opportunities for connectivity and new entrants into the market.

It’s exciting to see connected car features evolving and this will provide great benefits in terms of consumer convenience, safety and efficiency, particularly as more of the population is veering towards city living. 

Data’s role in the future of e-mobility 

The internet of things (IoT) is driven by data and that data must be shared between devices seamlessly to create digital ecosystems. We’ve already seen multiple applications of this with cloud services from the likes of Apple, Google and other tech firms, which enables more flexibility when it comes to accessing data. 

Data holds the key to upgrading vehicles. Sharing data from the cloud to EVs provides the seamless capability to update software on the car’s computer, meaning drivers are not confined to the vehicle they buy from the showroom. 

Taking this one step further, data sharing between the car and various pieces of street infrastructure have finally opened up opportunities for self-driving cars and autonomous mobility solutions. Cars are able to connect to traffic lights, road sensors, lighting, and even share data with other vehicles in real-time. 

Many of these functionalities are changing the way we look at transport as vehicles will soon become mobile computers that can transport you from point A to point B. The possibilities are seemingly endless as cars could potentially arrange their own charging stops and make payments for you as and when it takes a trip to a charging station.

5G connectivity enables data sharing between EVs

With the emergence of 5G connectivity and the necessary infrastructure to go with it. The integration of mobile feeds into the current demand for commercial EVs and connected fleets as the conventional view of a car or goods vehicle is shifting.

This is also providing opportunities for technology companies to enter into a new market, which we currently see happening with the likes of Sony, Bosch and other companies. 

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