As you walk into your kitchen and turn on your coffee machine, that’s the cue your car has been waiting for to turn itself on and begin to warm up. Time to go: With a swipe on your touch-enabled car key, the vehicle detaches from its charging unit, pulls out of the garage and up to your front door. It’s already calculated the best route to your first appointment, taking into account traffic and weather.
While driving, the car detects other vehicles on the roadway and communicates with them, staying the perfect distance away for safety and efficiency. Each passing car relays its coordinates, which your car analyzes to calculate the threat of a crash potential. On uphill climbs the car has identified in its three-dimensional topographical navigation system, the car devotes additional electric power to the engine to help conserve gasoline. At the crest of the hill, the battery power turns off so that it’s ready to regenerate during braking on the downhill descent.
This is the future vision outlined by auto manufacturers such as BMW. It’s a world of connected cars, homes and gadgets and it’s a vision of the Internet of Things in the auto industry. But making that dream a reality will take continued innovation. Everything from cloud-based platforms integrating systems together to new applications being built to power the systems will need to be developed.
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