Part 1: Travel into the future with connected cars

Major advances in motoring technology are changing the face of the automotive industry. The effects will be felt in all sectors of the industry, from how cars are manufactured to what consumers look for in their vehicles.

In this blog, we take a look at what connected cars mean for the future of the motor industry. Part 1 examines what connected cars are and some of the current conversations about them. Be sure to catch Part 2 where we elaborate on the security issues of connected cars and what can be done to make them safer.

What is a connected car?

A connected car is equipped with internet access and is usually connected with a wireless local area network. This allows the car to share internet access with other devices inside and outside the vehicle. Connected cars use mobile internet technology for unprecedented capability. This technology allows drivers to control their vehicles remotely with their smartphones or other devices, for a range of functions from monitoring information to entertainment and communications. For example, some connected cars let you check via your phone if you have locked your vehicle and if you haven’t, you can use an app to do this. You can also receive reminders of where you parked, your car’s maintenance schedule, or fuel and oil levels, and vehicle tracking in case of theft.

Benefits of connected cars

Connected cars allow for some impressive tricks. There are connected cars that allow you to turn your car into a mobile 4G hotspot for a stronger internet connection, remotely programme your route into your system with your smartphone, start your car up remotely so you can defrost the windscreen on a cold day, or cool down the car on a hot day. Some connected cars will send alerts to emergency services if you are involved in an accident, or give drivers support at the touch of a button when they have a breakdown.

Global management consultancy McKinsey & Company recently released a report on connected cars. According to its research, the cars being produced today have the computing power of 20 personal computers and process up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour. The McKinsey report  says that components used for connected cars will become sought after and become more expensive. And as software and telecommunication sectors enter this market, car manufacturers must act decisively to ensure that they keep their market share, which will require innovative thinking.

If you outsource your fleet management with Avis Fleet, you will already be able to use our solutions to get benefits similar to the connected car features mentioned above. With our telematics solution, you will be able to monitor the location of the vehicles in your fleet. You can also use our other solutions to keep you on track with vehicle maintenance and fuel management and get support when you are involved in an accident.

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