“Hey Alexa, Unlock the door of my car”. Yes, you read it right! Welcome to the connected car world. With the emergence of the Internet of Things, modern-day cars are loaded with tech to grab the attention of tech-savvy millennials. The reception for connected cars in India has been phenomenal so far. Top-selling models like Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, etc… have the connected car feature. Other carmakers have noticed this trend and are launching new models and facelifts with this technology. Here’s what you need to know about connected cars
What is a connected car?
A connected car is a car that has internet access through an embedded sim card or wireless network that allows the car to share information with other devices inside and outside the car.
What can a connected car do?
Connected cars make your life easier. It provides you an effortless driving experience by providing real-time information on Infotainment, Safety, Navigation, Vehicle Diagnostics, etc… It also allows you to remotely unlock your car, start/switch off your car’s engine, set AC temperature, open the sunroof, etc… This can be done by downloading the car’s app provided by the manufacturer.
Through voice command, you can give instructions to your car without even touching a button. For E.g. you can say “play pop music”, “how is the weather tomorrow”. In a few seconds, the system acknowledges your command and provides the information you requested for. Connected car technology is not only user-friendly but it also gives you an immersive experience.
Connected cars come with an SOS feature. In case of an accident, occupants in the vehicle need to press the SOS button. The car will send a distress signal with your location to the nearest emergency service so that they reach you as quickly as possible. Connected cars also have a safety feature called Geofencing. It helps the car owners to keep a close eye on the movement and the location of the car when the car is used by a chauffeur. For example, If you are sending your chauffeur for an errand, you can set a virtual perimeter for the car. If the car crosses the set perimeter, you will get an alert on your phone and you have the option to switch off the car’s engine. This prevents unauthorized use and vehicle theft. Interesting, isn’t it?
A connected car can assist you when you are hungry or running low on fuel. Based on your command, the car’s satellite navigation system will show you the list of restaurants or fuel outlets that’s close to your location and also shows the fastest route to reach there based on real- time information.
Connected cars have an on-board diagnostic system. It alerts the driver and sends a notification if there is an issue with the car. The system also sends service due reminders. It doesn’t end there, you can even book a service appointment online just by tapping a few buttons on the app.
While this may all sound fun and interesting, data privacy remains a big concern and it has not been addressed to the fullest. Connected car technology collects sensitive information like location, frequently visited places, etc… The data could be compromised if it falls into the wrong hands. Carmakers and Government agencies have realized this and are taking steps to protect the user’s data. Talking about safety, make sure to protect your car with comprehensive car insurance.