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Connected Car Technology

The connected car revolution is underway and the future is closer than you think

The modern vehicle is changing, whilst one day there will be driverless cars, connected cars are already here and we are expecting some great innovations from vehicle OEMs as they embrace the capabilities of 5G technology. Just like our smart phones, our vehicles are becoming powerful communication devices as well.

Cars, vans and trucks are no different; they too are all set to become connected to the ‘Internet of things’ (IoT).
The modern vehicle is changing, whilst one day there will be driverless cars, connected cars are already here and we are expecting some great innovations from vehicle OEMs as they embrace the capabilities of 5G technology. Just like our smart phones, our vehicles are becoming powerful communication devices as well.

Cars, vans and trucks are no different; they too are all set to become connected to the ‘Internet of things’ (IoT).
To put this in context, a quick scan of my home Wi-Fi hub shows that I have 24 devices connected, ranging from the most obvious phones, to tablets, a TV and central heating.
Sat on the drive, is my Hyundai BEV, which is already connected to the IoT, via Amazon Echo®, Apple Car Play®, Google Maps® (plus many other shared Apps) but most interestingly the OEM’s EV hub.
To put this in context, a quick scan of my home Wi-Fi hub shows that I have 24 devices connected, ranging from the most obvious phones, to tablets, a TV and central heating.
Sat on the drive, is my Hyundai BEV, which is already connected to the IoT, via Amazon Echo®, Apple Car Play®, Google Maps® (plus many other shared Apps) but most interestingly the OEM’s EV hub.
Technology is making it possible

Being connected is not just about knowing where you are or streaming music, it is knowing about the vehicles around you and the telemetry that will continuously monitor the vehicle, passing information in real-time to a hub that can alert you to impending servicing needs or faults. This information can also be shared with service centres, as well as a wealth of other data that will make your life in the vehicle safer.

It will enable better Just In Time (JIT) supply chains, as parts will be able to be pre-ordered, delivered and fitted quicker, as well as pre-empting a more damaging or catastrophic failure, much like fixing the little chip in your windscreen before it becomes more serious.

With the numbers of EVs on the rise and the slow move away from tax being able to be billed at the point of supply (the pump on the garage forecourt), it’s likely that the existing RFL and fuel taxation system will be replaced by a ‘pence per mile’ charge. This being calculated via recording the distance you have travelled (each day, week, month or year) in your connected car, presumably not storing the journey route or details but merely the distance. Then automatically uploading this distance record, periodically, to a central hub/agency to deduct a charge direct from your bank or via your salary or bill to your business.

Technology is making it possible

Being connected is not just about knowing where you are or streaming music, it is knowing about the vehicles around you and the telemetry that will continuously monitor the vehicle, passing information in real-time to a hub that can alert you to impending servicing needs or faults. This information can also be shared with service centres, as well as a wealth of other data that will make your life in the vehicle safer.

It will enable better Just In Time (JIT) supply chains, as parts will be able to be pre-ordered, delivered and fitted quicker, as well as pre-empting a more damaging or catastrophic failure, much like fixing the little chip in your windscreen, before it becomes more serious.

With the numbers of EV’s on the rise and the slow move away from tax being able to be billed at the point of supply (the pump on the garage forecourt), it’s likely that the existing RFL and fuel taxation system will be replaced by a ‘pence per mile’ charge. This being calculated via recording the distance you have travelled (each day, week, month or year) in your connected car, presumably not storing the journey route or details, but merely the distance. Then automatically uploading this distance record, periodically, to a central hub/agency to deduct a charge direct from your bank or via your salary or bill to your business.

This change will be almost inevitable. Quite how it will be implemented, be it ANPR or vehicle telemetry or at the time of MOT (or service), we are not sure right now but it’s coming and sooner than we think.
The article linked below, discusses how the introduction of 5G telecommunications will be a game-changer for the automotive industry, with some of the OEM’s already embracing what this new technology can enable. It is a fascinating article from www.ihsmarkit.com and provides valuable insight that is worth a read.

Article link: The 5G Connected Car.
 
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This change will be almost inevitable. Quite how it will be implemented, be it ANPR or vehicle telemetry or at the time of MOT (or service), we are not sure right now but it’s coming and sooner than we think.
The article linked below, discusses how the introduction of 5G telecommunications will be a game-changer for the automotive industry, with some of the OEM’s already embracing what this new technology can enable. It is a fascinating article from www.ihsmarkit.com and provides valuable insight that is worth a read.

Article link: The 5G Connected Car.
 
Connected Cars2.jpg
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