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connected car

(1) A future automotive infrastructure whereby vehicles communicate with high-tech roads, intersections, signs and stop lights. See self-driving car.

(2) A vehicle that provides Internet access to all the mobile devices used by the driver and passengers. It accesses the Internet via cellular or satellite communications and provides tablet-sized screens for passengers or a Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers' own devices. See telematics and smart car.


GM Was the First
Starting in 2014, General Motors was the first car maker in the U.S. to offer an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot via an AT&T 4G cellular connection. This 2015 Buick ad touts the service. (Image courtesy of General Motors.)
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Earlier this week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas, Toyota announced its next-generation connected vehicle framework, at the crux of which are initiatives to drive a global standard for data communications modules-the units in connected cars that communicate with external world-and the setting up of a big data center as part of backend infrastructure to support the connected cars.
There are a plethora of benefits which the Connected Car offers, including: improved customer experience; adding to the functionality of the car; meeting legal requirements, such as the 'eCall' system to automatically contact the relevant emergency services in the event of a serious vehicle collision; or providing a better driving experience, which is not limited to just the interior of the car, as can be seen with Jaguar Land Rover's pioneering 'Pothole Alert' system.
The connected car's data capabilities would allow newspapers to stream breaking news updates, podcasts and video for passengers to watch through the connected car's Wi-Fi.
One way insurers can embrace connected car technology and data is by offering discounted policies to customers as incentives for maintaining good driving records -- and most customers welcome this idea.
With busy, on-the-go consumers in mind, the connected car concept led by Visa, combines leading edge payment security, cellular and wireless technologies to test connected car consumer payment experiences.
But whether or not consumers are ready to fully embrace the connected car, content creators are going to have to.
Another connected car at the CES 2015 was the Volkswagen self-parking car.
The new company will offer localised development, hardware, a connected car cloud-based platform, system integration and content services to the vehicle markets, Deutsche Telekom said.
Google, for example, said at one time it planned to serve ads on connected car dashboards.
AT&T has introduced two major initiatives in the connected car market a first-of-its-kind connected car center in Atlanta, called the AT&T Drive Studio, and a modular, global automotive platform called AT&T Drive.
AT&T Drive is the company's connected car platform, a modular and flexible, global solution that allows automakers to pick and choose what services and capabilities are important to them and allows them to differentiate their solutions in the marketplace.
"Our recent participation in the Vienna exhibition and demonstrations that included our connected car activities delivered a clear message that Qatar does not only represent a big market for the deployment of ITS, but it also intends to create a local industry for the development and delivery of innovative ITS Solutions and Services," Dr Abu-Dayya added.