Everybody’s talking about the Connected Car!

Everybody’s talking about the Connected Car!

The Connected Car is one of the main strategic focus areas in NXP. We’ve been working with the automotive industry for years to make vehicles smarter and to improve our driving experience and we have been talking about this a lot publicly lately. But we’re certainly not the only ones getting excited about the connectivity revolution currently happening in the automotive industry…

Earlier this year, we wrote that the car of the future was already coming down the road and that automotive was THE hot topic at CES 2013. We weren’t the only ones to think this: the BBC reported from the show that major car brands are already spending as much as a third of their budgets on in-car entertainment and technologies. They also highlighted the eCall project, a pan-European initiative – powered by NXP’s technology – designed to save lives by enabling emergency services to respond more quickly to traffic accidents.

The next big global tech event – Mobile World Congress 2013 – also saw a major focus on the Connected Car. The Wall Street Journal reported from the show that while there are currently 1.6 billion mobile-data connections in the world, the GSMA predicts that this could soon explode to 25 billion connections as cars and other machines start talking to each other.

Major auto manufacturers also chose MWC 2013 as the place to make announcements about the Connected Car. CNBC reported General Motors’ plans to put 4G LTE technology into millions of cars, trucks and SUVs from next year, while MSN noted that Ford actually debuted the European version of its connected EcoSport SUV at MWC ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

The announcements just keep coming. MSN again reported from last week’s automotiveIT Congress in Hanover that Audi is aiming to produce 1 million connected vehicles by 2015, while a major article in top tech site The Register quoted ABI Research’s prediction that some 50 million connected cars will be sold every year by 2017.

We’re delighted that the Connected Car is getting such great recognition across the international media. What do YOU think of their take on this wave of automotive innovation?

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9 Comments

  1. Avatar A. E. LeClair says:

    When you only give the exciting news you attract a lot of interest. Are you going to use apps. to get the car to perform different functions? But I wonder if there is a downside to all this exciting news. If you make my car like my smart phone, is it going to be hackable. For instance could someone make my car send out an accident even though it wasn’t in an accident? Are these cars going to be expensive to repair? I am just wondering.

  2. Hello
    I am director of CVT(connected Vehicle Technology) project in I.R.IRAN which its websits is http://cvt-project.ir/En/EnIndex.aspx

    Related to following links:
    http://www.nxp.com/news/press-releases/2013/01/cisco-nxp-invest-in-cohda-wireless-to-enable-the-connected-car.html
    http://www.nxp.com/news/press-releases/2012/11/audi-and-nxp-announce-strategic-partnership-for-automotive-innovation.html

    Please explain me about the situation of IEEE 802.11p standard in future of NXP activities.
    Thanks

  3. I would NEVER put my life at risk in a connected vehicle.

    Put the vehicle on a monorail, then we can talk.

    The RUF system (www.ruf.dk) does just that and it is much safer and more attractive.

  4. Thomas Hinz Thomas Hinz says:

    Hello Habib,
    802.11p will increase safety in the roads and will help to manage traffic more intelligently.
    In the longer run this might go up to autonomous driving.
    NXP is working togeher with Cohda Wireless towards deployment of the technology in cars from MY2015 onwards.
    NXP/Cohda implementation of 802.11p is proven in quite some field trials around the globe and is working even in difficult situation as non line of sight where current driver assistance systems based on e.g. cameras, radar etc. can not provide reliable information.
    Please let me know if you need more information.
    Thomas

  5. Thomas Hinz Thomas Hinz says:

    Hello,
    apps are already getting into the car, this is driven by the individual car makers and does not related specifically to 802.11p. You are fully right that security will be key to prevent hacking the car, this is addressed by standards and high on the agenda for deployment. This will prevent your car sending accident information that is not real as it will prevent someone acting as an emergency car getting free lanes etc.
    Thomas

  6. Avatar K.Hamze says:

    Since V2V applications are quit limited due to slow penetration of on board equipment with 802 standard to all vehicles, the most interesting application of Connected Vehicle Technology, i.e.accident prevention, will not come to reality, soon. Other autonomous car accident prevention technologies using radar or camera which need none of CVT infrastructures, supporting laws and other cars’ equipment, are superior and already in the market.
    Is there any comparative study on “chain accident prevention” effectiveness of various technologies?

  7. Avatar Richard Weinstock says:

    I have worked in the telematics arena since 1998 for all German car manufacturers and Service providers. Now it looks to me that cars getting smarter than there drivers! I think we -human beings- should change our way of thinking. Example we should not talk about city Maut instead we should talk about parking management and have the driver pay for free parking slots in the city. Just think about it.

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