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​The Future Of Cars & The Cloud

Internet-connected cars are here to stay

23Dec

The future of the car industry looks promising, and one of the more interesting upcoming technologies involves the self-driving vehicle. We might not see it until the year 2021, but cars today have more powerful processing equipment like radar and video cameras. A look at the Paris Motor Show reveals some provocative new technology like cars with sensors that look for open parking spaces. They can also read road signs and search for low traffic roads to save time. All experts agree how these new advancements aren't just extravagant luxuries but the future of cars with connectivity.

Self-Driven Shared Cars

Imagine if you could just whistle and a self-driven taxi would appear at the curb. Sounds straight out of a science fiction novel, and while the whistle part might be further off, society could see self-driven taxis hit the roads as soon as 2021. Where some people have always been concerned with self-driving vehicles is how it could lead to more accidents. The truth is, there won't be any more on the road than what there already is. In fact, self-driving vehicles could eliminate the danger on roads because they stamp out the potential for human error. You still might see malfunctioning equipment, but it will take place on a lesser level. Drunk driving will be phased out because you would not even need a designated driver anymore.

Smartphones: The Forefront of Technological Advancement

Technology has progressed at such a rapid rate in recent years. 40 years ago, no one could have ever guessed that a simple telephone might one day control the on and off buttons of a light switch, but with today's technology, we are seeing exciting advancements with smartphones that can check the temperature of your home while 3,000 miles away on a white-sand beach vacation or even turn on your coffee pot with your smartphone. This technology is known as the Internet of Things, and it could soon involve our cars. For example, smartphones could be used to gather information with the cars on the road. Already new technology exists where cameras watch your eyes to check if you are distracted, and it sends warnings. Defensive driving El Paso TX technology could have a dramatic impact on the number of car accidents every year. Programmers are also looking for ways that they can warn pedestrians of oncoming traffic to avoid getting hit.

The apps used on the smartphone could also give us more data behind the wheel. Josh Siegel, a postdoctoral associate of mechanical engineering at MIT, talked about how in the past, car manufacturers pushed data from the vehicle of a telematics system into a private cloud to use later. BMW, Audi and Mercedes have all started to share the data to advance the technology more rapidly. It opens up a new realm of possibilities for how we could assist drivers on the road.

Technology: A Future of Convenience

Provided this technology continues to advance, we could see a world of possibilities unfurl. Finding a parking space has always been a big annoyance of going somewhere. What if technology told you about the hot Ferrari a mile off that is pulling out of a parking space? As a result, your car will route you to that empty space automatically. This connectivity through the cloud will not be limited to the luxury brands either. Even auto manufacturers like Chevrolet and Ford have started to offer smartphone apps that start the engine or lock the doors automatically. You could even one day be sent alerts if your car tire goes flat while at the office, which has become a prevalent problem.

This integration through the cloud has already started to unwind. Today's challenge becomes about tying it all together into something more coherent, and in the future, this could happen more as technology keeps improving. We have to protect today's car because it has become a small computer. Automakers have to stay at the top of their game with white-hat hackers because one day, this technology could be vulnerable to hackers. Imagine going out to your car to find ransomware locked the engine and everything or to be driving it when someone remotely disables your brakes. At this time, hacking cars is far too complicated and costs too much, but it's a real and credible threat that auto manufacturers must address to keep drivers safe on the road. 

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