Connected cars represent the next evolution in Machine to Machine (M2M) technology. Connected cars facilitate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, GPS directions with abundant real-time data, Internet radio, search engine features, on-demand live video streaming and so much more. In addition to these, connected cars also help to enhance safety with advanced collision avoidance features such as adaptive cruise control and automatic accelerator pedals.
These features are designed to make it easier for drivers to multi-task without compromising on security as well as safety. It empowers drivers by enabling them to remotely control vehicles via a smartphone: yes you read it right, and it drastically improves safety.
It is possible to unlock doors or start a car from a smartphone or a tablet, as the apps from the car interact with the smartphone to perform the desired functions. An example is the Tesla app that allows users to heat or cool a car, know its exact location and so much more. This level of control using a smartphones gives users a greater degree of flexibility.
The single biggest USP of connected cars is the high levels of safety that come with the vehicle-to-vehicle system in each car. These safety standards have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The safety communicates with nearby cars to indicate the speed and location with respect to other vehicles. As a result, the chances for accidents are expected to go down drastically. In fact, reports released by the DoT show that these systems can reduce the chance of an accident by 76 percent.
The only downside with these cars is they will be a bit heavier on your pocket than normal cars.
Overall, connected cars offer a lot more features than the existing car models, making it a great value for the additional cost associated with it.