Depending on which research firm you follow and how they count, Connected cars are predict to drive past the 150M-250M mark by 2020.
Currently 23 million cars on the road globally are connected to the Internet in some capacity, according to research firm IHS Automotive. By 2020 that figure is expected to rise to 152 million. Gartner forecasts that about one in five vehicles on the road worldwide will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, amounting to more than 250 million connected vehicles.
Cars these days come fully loaded with network connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Smart phone integration and many such features which help enhance safety and functionality of the vehicle. New cars come off the show floor with a bunch of connected features most of us already take for granted. While there’s plenty of interesting stuff under the hood, when talking connected cars, for most people the first thing that comes to mind is entertainment. All the streaming audio players are desperately trying to get embedded into vehicles.
Many of us couldn’t get to our office everyday (even though most of us know the way) without our GPS navigators. I know plenty of parents that flip on their 3G/4G data hotspot to provide backseat entertainment, when taking the kids on a long drive.
But what’s next? According to hmirrorwall (here), you ain’t seen nothing yet. Here’s some of the things we can expect to see soon… by 2020!
- Driverless cars: Google has already reported launching of autonomous car for 300,000 miles. Other companies like Ford, BMW, Audi are also in the queue.
- Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): This technique utilizes software that has short range communication links like sensors, radars and GPS. This allows the driver to communicate with other vehicles, drivers and transportation infrastructure.
- System to update the vehicles’ software while on the move.
- App stores available right inside your car.
- Full network integration.
- Connectivity through Wi-Fi and 5G cellular technology.
Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. “The connected car is already a reality, and in-vehicle wireless connectivity is rapidly expanding from luxury models and premium brands, to high-volume midmarket models,” says James F. Hines, research director, Gartner.
Gartner is also talking up the “connected kitchen” – By 2020, Gartner says the connected kitchen will contribute at least 15 percent savings in the food and beverage industry, while leveraging big data analytics. The connected kitchen has received less attention and drawn less focus along the IoT value chain compared to other IoT use cases and digital business opportunities.
So by 2020 my biggest dilemma when I have a midnight hankering for Pizza is – do I WhatsApp the kitchen to whip up something or do I send the car out for takeaway! That’s progress!