Internet connected cars: the next step into the future

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Recent years have proven exciting for the automotive industry. Having recovered from the initial slump that it suffered during the beginning of the global economic crisis, the resilient industry has began to rebound. Across the UK, car sales are up and automobile manufacturers are enjoying quite a successful year. There are also many new developments, such as the introduction of driverless car trials, which we wrote about in a previous blog. Another technological advancement that is being talked about is cars which are constantly connected to the internet.

The idea of having a car connected to the internet is a developing concept in the automotive industry. General Motors have already taken the first steps towards this with their OnStar service, seeing SIM cards embedded into cars, with mobile connectivity in cars expected to expand considerably over the next few years. This service essentially turns the car into a mobile hotspot, allowing seven devices to connect and use the data plan on that SIM to access the internet, with the SIM connecting to whichever network is strongest in the area.

China’s home-grown technological titan AliBaba has recently announced that they plan to join Apple and Google in developing their own unique car, teaming up with SAIC Motor to begin developing internet-connected cars. These cars will utilise cloud technology and data to deliver a far better driving experience than ordinary cars. It will also connect to services such as e-commerce and maps to provide greater connectivity to the world around it.

There are a number of reasons for choosing to further develop cars to connect them with the wider internet. For one, commands can be used to make the driving experience infinitely more pleasant. Cars can connect to the internet to download updates, allowing customers to change components such as air conditioning and music using one single interface. Cars may also undergo firmware updates. This has happened with the Tesla, allowing the driving experience to be changed considerably in response to customer feedback. By undergoing a firmware update, faulty components may be fixed and upgraded to allow better functionality and a longer life than other vehicles. Of course, there is always the issue of security. There have been concerns levelled against driverless cars in regards to security, with concerns about hackers gaining access to the car and driving it remotely. Similar concerns, in regards to data breaching and privacy, are levelled at internet-enabled cars.

As the automotive industry continues to take strides towards the future, motor industry jobs will doubtlessly evolve to tackle these new technological requirements. As automobiles and advanced technology team up, the sector is bound to grow, leading to more jobs. There are exciting times ahead for automotive recruitment and our team can’t wait to see what the future will bring.