Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 12, 2015
Last year I wrote a guest blog for TechDrive about how I believe the auto industry will be transformed by artificial intelligence. As an addendum, I'd like to briefly explore how smart cars of the future may one day be controlled by us humans. Firstly, I have a hunch that within the next few years almost every major OEM will be selling us an autonomous vehicle, which means in-car systems will be used primary for two purposes - entertainment and productivity.
My hunch was justified when various OEMs made the following announcements at CES 2015 this week. Firstly Parrot unveiled the RNB6, an in-car system that supports both CarPlay & Android Auto, BMW announced an assortment of product releases including this gorgeous-looking touchscreen keyfob. In addition, Mercedes presented its F 015 luxury concept car to huge public acclaim, and Nvidia announced the Drive CX, an incredibly powerful in-car computer system. Finally Audi announced an LG-powered WebOS smartwatch concept, which will enable the wearer to control and communicate with, not just cars, but all kinds of other connected devices. Looks like the Internet of Things has finally gone mainstream within the auto industry.
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