Automakers aren’t only developing alternative energy and engine technology to stay current. New vehicles also need to come with the latest in smart infotainment and mobile connectivity technology.
According to studies conducted in eight key global regions by Juniper Research, an estimated 92 million vehicles with internet connectivity will be on the road by 2016. As smartphone integration and cloud technology expands into more devices, vehicles will depend on such electronic platforms as well.
“Integrating the smartphone into consumer cars represents a new route for the mobile internet and infotainment to enter the vehicle,” report author Anthony Cox said.
Early adopters in the industry include the Ford Sync AppLink, GM IntelliLink, BMW ConnectedDrive, and the Entune from Toyota. Eventually, these advanced infotainment systems will trickle across the industry, becoming as common as basic radios are today.
Commercial fleets and insurance telematics platforms that provide emergency response systems may benefit from mobile technology the most despite being in the infancy stages of adoption. Juniper Research predicts that new connected platforms that manage driver efficiency and cost reduction will be released as soon as 2014. Regulations in the field such as the European Union’s E-Call will boost telematic adoption in vehicles as well.