ARE CONNECTED CARS THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY?

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]echnology is continuously offering us new ways to further our connectivity and improve the functionality of our lives. Ultimately, people search for tools that can make their day-to-day lives easier and more enjoyable. This is evident in the ever-evolving technology present in cell phones, computers, and now – cars!

New gadgets such as smart watches and wireless speakers with voice technology are keeping us connected like never before. Phones sync automatically with your tools, ensuring all your devices display important information. Watches can monitor your heartbeat, speakers can tell you the weather, and you can even watch YouTube on your TV! So, it makes perfect sense that the next major gadget in our lives is set to follow suit.

Increasing Connectivity and Improving Vehicle Performance

Car connectivity is not a new concept by any means. The first instance of this was seen with the introduction of OnStar technology in the late 90s, which was available at the touch of a button! Since then, we have continued to see improvements with options like remote diagnostics and even WiFi connectivity.

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the ability to connect your phone directly to your car, evident with apps like CarPlay by Apple. This goes one step further than the simple auxiliary cable or the ability to access your phone’s library through your car’s screen. Instead, car connectivity allows you to access Bluetooth, music, navigational tools, and even contextual advice – such as the ability to ask your car to suggest nearby lunch options.

A connected car, at its core definition, is a vehicle that has the ability to connect networks, other devices, and services either in or outside of the vehicle. Smart cars such as these are a part of the Internet of all Things (IoT), which, basically, powers any internet-capable device that can be turned on and off.

What Connected Cars Mean For Us Today

So maybe the future hasn’t turned out like Marty McFly envisioned – but there are plenty of cool things that have become a reality. For example, self-driving cars are here and having one in your driving may not be too far off the horizon; a number of automotive industries are currently testing the technology.

As the technology behind car connectivity continues to evolve, we can look forward to services that will strive to improve our lives and help make simple tasks like driving to work that much more convenient. We can soon expect services like Concierge-style apps that conveniently remind you that it is time to leave your house based on real-time traffic updates. Sounds great, right?

At SPI Borescopes, we are always staying on top of ever-changing technology to learn how we can implement new tools to match. With automotive technology advancing, it is important that the care and maintenance aspects of your vehicle are also considered. We offer a variety of advanced borescopes and tools that can help make inspections, repairs, and everyday automotive maintenance simple and easy. Call us today to receive a free quote for our services!

By: Isis Garcia-Rodriguez