Vehicles are increasing their ability to record and share internal systems status and location data as well as information about their surroundings. Telematics systems are gathering more information through mobile connectivity, and will enable vehicles to communicate, for example, with one another and traffic lights. Telematics technology will enable cars to predict how conditions will impact a commute, and to adjust in-vehicle navigation or take control from the driver.
"Cars will become the first robot most of us experience in our lifetime," says Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski. He predicts that this year Internet service providers will move into the auto telematics supply chain to provide the connectivity and apps required for a full-mobile user experience.
Vehicles also will become an extension of consumers' mobile plans, connected to the cloud to enable users to upload data from wearable devices.
Telematics systems have evolved from onboard help services to vehicle diagnostics that send mechanical performance data to manufacturers, says Verizon's Kevin Link. He says next-generation telematics systems will provide information such as traffic conditions and emissions data.
Meanwhile, technology firms are likely to have increasing influence in the mobile options that vehicle manufacturers provide. A recent Gartner survey found that 57 percent of vehicle owners want technology vendors to help shape vehicle mobile capabilities.
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