1/27/2014 - Most cars to introduce internet capabilities
With internet capability now available at virtually every business location and home, it won't be long before vehicles enable passengers and drivers to log on - at least that's what most IT experts think, according to a recent poll conducted by professional technology firm the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The survey revealed that among IEEE members, most believe that roughly 60% of today's cars will be internet-connected by 2025, enhancing the future of commuting in a variety of ways.
Jeffrey Miller, IEEE member and associate professor of computer systems engineering at the University of Alaska, indicated that not only will this provide more convenience for the average consumer, but it will also help promote advanced safety features that can be upgraded via vehicle software protection.
"The widespread adoption of connected cars will allow consumers to treat their vehicles as just another one of their devices," said Miller. "Hosting mobile operating systems and purchasing data packages from wireless providers will be commonplace in the future."
He added that this trend is already evident, as many of today's new cars are equipped with bluetooth technology, which enables motorists to access their mobile devices while driving.
Safety experts have cautioned that expanding internet capability runs the risk of causing more auto insurance claims as a result of distracted driving. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently made some recommendations to automakers, enabling them to make these technological advancements while still adhering to safety and quality control.