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MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars

Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.

Formula One

Qualcomm's technology partnership with the Mercedes Formula 1 team aims at testing the chipmaker's new technologies for autonomous cars, while at the same time making F1 race cars even faster. "One of the first technologies that we are testing is a high-speed wireless access to get important data off the vehicle quickly so the team can evaluate data in real-time," said Aberle.

The Mercedes F 015 offers an executive-lounge-like interior where people can relax, work, or just enjoy the trip. It also includes eye-tracking gesture and touch-controlled screens on both sides to allow interaction with the vehicle, or email and Internet access.
(Image: Susan Fourtané for InformationWeek)

The Mercedes F 015 offers an executive-lounge-like interior where people can relax, work, or just enjoy the trip. It also includes eye-tracking gesture and touch-controlled screens on both sides to allow interaction with the vehicle, or email and Internet access.

(Image: Susan Fourtané for InformationWeek)

Since driverless technologies are invading the F1 space, some may wonder if Hamilton might be out of a job soon enough. Hamilton said no.

[Read more about the 2016 Mobile World Congress.]

"I don't think they are going to replace us in the racing cars, which is a good thing, but in the road car? Yes, I think it's exciting," said Hamilton, adding he's not a huge fan of driving on the road. "I can't stand traffic."

Already Here

AT&T has partnered with several automakers to add next-generation technology to their connected services. This includes the Audi R8 V10 Plus 2017 with 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi capability, and Google Earth for the navigation system. This vehicle is already available in the US and Canada.

In addition, AT&T and Porsche have entered a multi-year connected car agreement.

In Europe, the Opel 2016 4G LTE system is already available, and includes eCall, auto-crash detectors, vehicle diagnosis, and voice activation to get directions which will appear on the screen panel with a number of different language options.

Munich-based BMW is preparing its 5 Series self-driving prototype. However, the German automaker's next generation of smart vehicles will not appear until 2020. The Jaguar F Pace is also joining the connected cars race by sporting Intel under the hood.

With so much on the horizon, this year's MWC could only really offer a glimpse of what's to come with connected cars. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a one-of-a-kind ride toward the near future of driverless cars.

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webbrowan
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7/22/2016 | 5:47:46 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Technology is so vast today and is growing rapidly as days go by. Hence, it is indeed highly anticipated for the industry to boom at a very fast pace. A lot of financing will definitely be required along the way but the end result will eventually compensate all the hard work.
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3/31/2016 | 9:22:24 PM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
@Ashu, I agree that I don't think this come to Jesus moment is here yet. Give the technology another few years ---- once the industry gets the regs it wants in place ---- and then they will have to really start convincing the public of the safety of these thingies. Then they will need to put their own kids inside one of them!
Ashu001
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3/31/2016 | 9:54:29 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Broadway,

Fair enough!

But don't be very surprised if they back-off from taking their kids along for the ride.

LOL!!!

The fact of the matter is even they don't believe that Technology is safe at present.

 
Broadway0474
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3/29/2016 | 11:03:18 PM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Ashu, I stand by my insinuation that it should be the same tech execs who plan to sell and profit largely from these driverless cars. Instead of going on 60 Minutes to talk about shipping packages by drone, these execs could create great hooplah by taking a journalist, along with their family, for a ride in one of these cars.
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3/28/2016 | 10:51:15 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Broadway,

Fair enough statements made by you here.

Basically somebody has to bell the cat.

So who will it be?

Seeing the Problems that the recent Google Cars have faced recently I won't be the first one to do so.

 
Broadway0474
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3/13/2016 | 9:26:53 PM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Someone's got to play the role of the mayor in Flint, Michigan. Or was it the governor? Either way, you'll need tech exec to put their kids in their driverless cars to prove thta they are safe, whether they are safe or not.
Ashu001
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3/10/2016 | 10:21:42 AM
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Broadway,

Until they perfect the Technology well,I am keeping my Loved ones as far away from Driverless cars is possible.

Thanks but No Thanks.

I don't mind travelling in Driverless Metros (where there is only one train on a Track) but this is entirely another story today.

 
Ashu001
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3/10/2016 | 10:19:33 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Susan,

Having seen the massive Nissan Leaf Security disaster upfront and in-person;I will continue to stay as far away from all  these Apps /Connected Cars as I can.

I am sure the market for non-connected Cars is not going to away anytime.Is there?

Let's face it-These car companies want to charge extra for these features-What if someone wants a bare-bones version instead????

 
tjgkg
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3/10/2016 | 9:58:46 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
Susan, tech has changed so much in the last 15 years. So much of it exists to make our life easier, and a bit more fun. And all that is positive. I'm just hoping the good guys can continue to stay ahead of the bad guys. There are so many avenues for the bad guys to access it is really astounding.
Susan Fourtané
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3/9/2016 | 11:56:49 AM
Re: The Security Implications of Connected Cars
tjgkg, 

Of course, I understand. If we have a quick look at the history of humanity we can see that since the very beginning there have been such people. This, innevitably, if something that won't change any time soon.

We just have to accept that with all the great things that new technologies will bring the same things will also be used for bad things by those nasty people.

I hope I could give you a more positive forecast, though. We'll see what happens. 

-Susan 
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