Connected Cars Will Help Even More — Chris Jagielski

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By Chris Jagielski

Toyota Prius 2010

(photo courtesy of engadget.com)

One of the biggest concerns in the automotive industry is safety. Automakers understand that consumers are looking for safer, more reliable cars. An idea floating in the automotive world that seems to be shedding more light is the ability for vehicles to “talk” to other vehicles on the road.

Sounds like a fantasy film, am I right? Well, autonomous vehicles are in the works, so we can’t rule out any options these days. Originally, Volvo was going to connect their cars to each other via Wi-Fi but, after communicating with other automakers, it only made sense if every car can connect over Wi-Fi, regardless of brand. The only way for technology to live up to its true potential is to link all cars together.

However, there are many security and other safety features that must be looked over to ensure hackers do not access our vehicles. Due to this concern, U.S. Regulators are taking their time deciding whether or not this idea will receive funding. If so, the wireless communication channel will be known as “Dedicated Short-Range Communication.”

Mercedes-Benz already has a feature in their vehicle known as “Intelligent Transportation Systems,” or “ITS” for short. This technology enables users to be better informed of road conditions, whether cars are near that you cannot see, and if a car is slowing down rapidly. This technology can benefit most drivers. A chart from the Department of Transportation and many other organizations shows how connected vehicle applications may reduce accidents and fatalities.

Cars are smart. We know that. They already have strong computers and processors inside their systems. Adding this communicating module to all vehicles will only increase their knowledge, as well as our safety. So, like most of you, I will be eager to hear if this connection happens or not.