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IoT for the Summer: Connected cars for a better road trip

connected car summer roadtrip
connected car summer roadtrip
connected car
August 8, 2016

by

Mark Thomas

A few decades ago, a family summer road trip meant squirming around in the backseat, spotting out of state license plates for entertainment. Today, mom and dad can stream satellite radio or music from their phone, while the kids watch videos on tablets using WiFi that’s built into the vehicle.

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the driving experience is rapidly transforming. Connected cars use sensors and wireless connectivity to deliver services that ensure you have a safer, more enjoyable ride.

Our latest infographic spotlights six key ways IoT connectivity is heating up summer holidays. One of the most ubiquitous changes is the rise of connected cars, autonomous driving and sensors that monitor the environment around the vehicle.

Protecting you on the road

Some of the most in-demand connected car services center on safety. Your car helps you avoid accidents by automatically braking, changing speed according to traffic conditions, or automatically calling an ambulance or roadside assistance if you’re in an accident.

IoT can reward you for safer driving. Some insurance companies offer programs that reward actual driving behavior with lower premiums. By issuing car adapters that collect data on driver behaviors, insurance companies find that drivers choose to drive more cautiously in order to achieve the maximum savings.

connected car on summer roadtrip

Giving you a more intelligent ride

Connected cars are becoming an extension of the driver’s lifestyle. Your car can synch with your mobile devices and home automation controls, serve up your favorite entertainment, and guide your way with GPS navigation. It can even drop contextual tips like the nearest gas station if you’re running low.

Want even more freedom on the road?  Self-driving cars are coming on fast – in fact, auto industry leaders predict that autonomous cars will become a norm within five years.

Winning in the connected car business

The endless possibilities of IoT are inspiring rapid innovations. Industry experts agree the winners will focus on solving problems and adding value for customers. They’ll also leverage smart solutions to automate complex processes and manage connectivity at every stage in the connected car lifecycle.

Be sure to catch all the articles in our seven-part blog series on how IoT is transforming our summer experiences. Subscribe to the Cisco Jasper blog (top right of the page).

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