The IoT Car Is Your Next Personal Assistant

An array of sensors and networks allow the IoT car to cater to your every need ... or at least many of them.

You’re late leaving the office.

As you get into the car, it asks if you’d like to order take-out for the family. You say “Yes,” and your car presents a list of restaurant options along your route home.

The car dials the restaurant. You place the order, and your car updates GPS navigation, giving you an estimated time to the restaurant based on traffic.

As you pull up to the pick-up zone outside the restaurant, an alert pops up that your order is paid through the connected in-vehicle payment system. A text is sent back that there’s a 5-minute wait for the order to be brought out to you.

Once delivered, you send a text to your family that you have dinner and will be home in approximately 15 minutes. You ask the car to turn on the lights in your dining room so the kids can set the table.

As you approach home, the garage door opens, allowing you to park and enjoy dinner with the family.

Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is the connected future that both software makers and car manufacturers envision. Voice, natural language and smart design form the building blocks creating simple, safe interactions that allow cars to assist us, way beyond getting from point A to point B.

These IoT car systems understand not only individual behaviors, but also a variety of contextual information served up from other cars, mobile phones and home computers to assist and enhance our digital lives. Some car makers like Daimler are going it alone. Others, like Volvo, BMW, Nissan and Toyota, have partnered with software companies like Microsoft to deliver the next generation of connected cars.

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The Car Is the Next Smart Platform

These technologies extend the incredible power we’ve come to expect from our smartphones – helping us control the heat in our home; find our friends; and tell us when to leave to make it to our next meeting. And while the modern car packs the computing power of 20 personal computers, we now want our vehicles to integrate – or “talk” – with other technologies.

According to a McKinsey report, 13 percent of car-buyers won’t consider a car without Internet access. Another one in four prioritize connectivity over traditional features, such as engine power and fuel economy.

That makes sense, since we’re talking about a move towards IoT cars that act as a platform, not just a product. Your next car is plugged into every other aspect of your life that it can sense what you need even before you ask.

That’s what a good personal assistant does. Anticipate your needs, making life easier, more productive. Many of us aren’t lucky enough to have our own personal assistant, but with a speech-driven virtual driving assistant, you might never need one.

  Article written by MG Rhodes.  Submitted: 3/15/17

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