Cars to be connected to internet in 2014
Category: IT World
Every new car could be connected to the internet by next year as billions of pounds are invested in creating the vehicles of the future, experts predict.
‘ Connected cars’ will allow motorists to access the internet as they drive using only voice commands.
Using similar technology to smart phones, it is believed cars could have internet screens displayed on dashboards by 2014. It would mean people could find free parking spaces, access restaurant reviews of even be given a countdown of when traffic lights will change - without needing to touch a button.
Jack Bergquist, from information company IHS, told BBC: ‘By the end of 2014, for some of the bigger brands, every vehicle they sell will offer some sort of connectivity.’
He said over half of drivers would be attracted to a car that had internet capability.
It could be especially popular as driving with hand-held phones was made illegal in the UK in 2003.
Mr Bergquist told the MailOnline that some brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes were already looking at offering full internet connections in their cars.
He cited Facebook as an example of how the technology could be used.
Facebook statuses or tweets on Twitter could be read out and then changed by the driver using a voice command.
He said that major brands are already spending as much as one third of their budget on in-car entertainment and technology.
Intel, which has invested £64million over the next five years in the ‘connected cars’ say it is among the fastest growing technologies.
Only phones and tablets are growing faster, according to the BBC.
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