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Internet in cars: the next big tech innovationBack

CESThe internet connects us to the rest of the world at the touch of a button, but what about our cars? 2015 could be the year when cars become connected to the world wide web.

In the past few years, we’ve watched the internet grow so big that it is now even possible to access the web from your wrist, so why not extend this to our cars?

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas tomorrow, connected cars are set to be the big innovation, according to many experts.

The CES will feature representatives from Mercedes-Benz, Ford and General Motors, with many more manufacturers expected to be demonstrating new models and technology at the event.

And it’s not just car companies trying their hand at technology. Chipmaker Nvidia is set to reveal its new Tegra X1 CPU and a platform to build autonomous cars. NVIDIA thinks the chip may find a home in some mobile devices but has also launched Drive CX, an in-car computer with a Tegra X1 on board.

Some companies will be exhibiting devices that have already been revealed such as Hyundai that will show its new Display Audio unit, which will connect with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Most of the connected cars will access the two specially created in-car versions of mobile operating systems – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

At present, users plug their mobile device into the car and a version of the operating system is shown on screen, allowing drivers to access their music, messages and phone calls as well as other features.

But eventually cars could become even smarter – pardon the pun. Similar to autonomous driving technology created by Google, BMW is now showing off a new smartwatch that allows wearers to actually get out of their car, whilst a voice command will tell it to park itself, then find its owner again when they return.

Neil Addley, managing director of Trusted Dealers said: “We have already seen cars using the internet for navigation and some entertainment systems and this trend is set to accelerate to include safety and potentially other areas around servicing and insurance.

“Overall, this innovation has to be welcomed, although some might fear that Big Brother is watching a little too closely and fail safes need to be in place in case the internet disconnects.”

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 05/01/2015