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Connected Cars: What to Know

Vehicle connectivity is present in over 40 million cars worldwide.
January 2018

With technology advancing in leaps and bounds around us, perhaps the one thing that has generated the most buzz involves the marriage of the automobile with the computer: a connected car. Here are some important things to know about connected cars.

• Vehicle connectivity already exists and is becoming mainstream. It is a feature present on approximately 40 million vehicles around the globe, equipped with in-car WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio systems. By 2022 over 80 percent of all new vehicles sold are expected to be connected, through 5G and Wi-Fi cloud platforms. Industry estimates suggest this could reach 90 to 100 percent of new car sales by 2025.

• Telematics allow a vehicle to communicate and share information with other networks helping to enhance everything from in-vehicle operation and efficiency to communicating with other connected vehicles and external infrastructure. This type of communication is like having a team of people on the lookout for any maintenance or security issues you have with your car. The potential benefits of this data could result in everything from reduced accidents to reduced traffic congestion.

• Better maintenance. Alert lights on dashboards might notify drivers of generalized maintenance issues, but connectivity allows for a truly exacting system of diagnosis and prevention. One of the most advanced solutions, known as the integrated vehicle health management (IVHM) from Honeywell Transportation Systems, uses algorithms and computer models from data generated by highly sensitive sensors, such as tire pressure, fluids, timing, efficiency and overall operations. Being better informed about what and when maintenance needs to be done can reduce the cost of unnecessary repairs by up to 50 percent.

• One of the needs that comes with increased connectivity is more electrical power in the vehicle. Auto makers are developing new 48-volt architectures to replace existing 12-volt systems. The upgraded system supports electric motors, a sophisticated network of sensors and internet-enabled devices. This has the potential to transform the automobile into a mobile office. In addition, the electrification of the powertrain makes for more efficient operations, helping auto makers meet more stringent emission regulations.


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