Category: Connected cars

Why Autonomous Cars Will Skip Level 3

It’s becoming clear that level 3 #autonomous driving won’t be much fun — or very safe. Drivers will be expected to pay attention and stay ready to take control in an emergency, so what’s the point?

Experts explain why we’ll see a mix of truly autonomous vehicles and more advanced driver safety features instead of what has been proposed as the third level.

Driverless Vehicles Will Continue to Dominate Auto Headlines

How Connectivity Will Improve Autonomous Driving

Evidently, whether self-driving cars will need to be connected to external databases, maps or whatever is a matter of contention. I always thought they would, to access real-time maps, traffic and road info, etc. In the world of research, however, “autonomous” means the vehicle has no need to connect to any external systems. This article examines how real-world autonomous cars will make use of their persistent connections.

Autonomous and Connected: Better Together

I think I deserve props for not using that Reese’s P-butter Cups analogy. : )

Can You Hack a Connected Car?

Security is lagging behind tech when it comes to highly computerized automobiles. Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at IOActive, and security expert Charlie Miller recently released a research paper titled “A Survey of Remote Automotive Attack Surfaces” that details all the different fronts on which automotive systems could be hacked. I talked to him about whether there’s really a problem and how bad it could be.

Can You Hack It?

How to cover an automotive tech conference

car and moneyProviding same-day coverage of conferences keeps me focused and thinking, as I try to make connections between what different speakers say and identify trending topics. I recently wrote same-day wrap-ups of FC Business Intelligence’s Insurance Telematics USA conference. (Insurance telematics, also known as usage-based insurance or UBI)┬árefers to the various hardware and software applications that let insurers get an accurate view of customers’ driving behavior.)

Day One: Data, Data Everywhere as UBI Becomes Ubiquitous

Day Two: What UBI Do People Really Want?

Car Dealers vs. Connected Cars

Auto dealerships theoretically could benefit from services for internet-connected cars that would, for example, alert the dealer when a car needs servicing. In practice, dealers are really wary of new products like Ford Sync, Hyundai BlueLink, or BMW ConnectedDrive. They’re hard to sell and harder to support. This article examines the challenges and opportunities.

The New Dealers: Selling Telematics to Car Dealers

 

Social Media in the Car? Really??

Everyone wants to twittify their product — even car makers, who are worried that Millennial consumers aren’t interested in driving. Some auto makers are plunging ahead and enabling interaction with Facebook and Twitter accounts, often through voice recognition tech that lets drivers talk to tweet. This article looks at some of the less obvious ways that social media could be integrated with connected car services.

The Making of a Social Car