Home » les technologies du changement » Currently Reading:

Prospective mobilité : connected cars open up to apps and the cloud

juillet 23, 2012 les technologies du changement No Comments

(Credit: Cooperatives Vehicle Infrastructure Systems)

The automobile of the future will not just have Internet access; it will depend on it, says Jon Stewart on BBC Future.

By tapping into the mass of data your car produces, combined with the huge computing resources available on the web, apps could help save you — and everyone around you — fuel, time and money.

Several manufacturers including Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and most recently Honda already offer basic connected car systems that act as a portal to the Internet, but also provide practical benefits such as alerting the driver to collisions, or delays on the road ahead, and automatically finding new routes to avoid them.

According to research firm ABI Research, 60.1% of cars will be connected to the web by 2017; in Europe and North America, the figure will be closer to 80%.

Syncing up

Ford’s Sync connects your smartphone and MP3 player to the car’s dashboard. It allows drivers to make telephone calls and control the car’s radio using their voice, among other things.

BMW recently announced that it would allow vetted third-party apps developed for Google’s Android phone software to work with its Connected Drive system (it already allowed the system to tap into some iPhone apps)

Modern cars are incredibly sophisticated, with up to 80 different computer control units that monitor everything from engine performance and braking, to direction of travel, velocity and road conditions. Sharing it could open up a whole new world of possibilities. Bug Labs‘s OpenXC lets drivers install a small piece of hardware in their car which taps into the vehicles’ sensors and control units and generated data that can be read by compatible apps on Android.

The EU-sponsored Cooperatives Vehicle Infrastructure Systems project aims to develop a “universal communications module” that can read data from any vehicle. Data would be channelled in two ways: to other cars and over mobile connections and DSRC (dedicated short-range communications) networks — a wi-fi like technology that is currently used for electronic road toll connection, for example.

Car-to-car communication could be useful in safety systems, for example, allowing a car to prevent a driver pulling out of a blind junction if another vehicle is approaching or forming the basis of a peer-to-peer collision warning system to spot and advise about hazards on the road ahead.

Always on


But the intention of the mobile and DSRC network is to build an “always-connected” communications channel between the car and the net. This opens up the possibility of each car sharing and consuming unique cuts of information. Obvious applications include streaming entertainment apps and software that can tap into the speed and direction of travel of a car to “crowdsource” traffic updates.

An always-on connection — coupled with a standardized, machine-readable data format — also raises other intriguing possibilities, such as allowing vehicles to tap into the “cloud” — the vast amount of computing power available on the web. This could create a host of powerful, smarter apps. For example, in 2011, Ford announced a deal with the search giant Google to use the firm’s prediction algorithms to spot trends in large data sets.

Ford’s idea would send a car’s information to Google’s data centers. Over time, the algorithms would begin to predict where you are driving to every time you sit in the driver’s seat, depending on the time of day and your usual driving habits. This would allow it to determine the most fuel-efficient journey, with the best driving conditions and the least traffic.

Wi-fi sharing

One idea is to use wi-fi. A system proposed recently by researchers from MIT, Georgetown University and the National University of Singapore showed how a fleet of wi-fi enabled cars could share limited wi-fi connections by shuffling data between them all, and using a select few cars to collect everyone’s data and upload it when it finds a hotspot. The system is theoretical at the moment, but it gives an indication of the kind of technology that could begin to hit cars in the future.

Another problem that will need to be solved is security. Researchers have already demonstrated that control systems in cars are vulnerable to attack. But once data from those critical systems — like brakes and engines — is being streamed, read and processed on the net for real, it will be even more crucial to ensure it cannot be subverted by hackers.

Un blog pour l’avenir


Non au futur (prévision froide). Oui à l'avenir (action humaine). Dixit le Petit Prince, "l'avenir, tu n'as pas à le prévoir, tu dois te le permettre".

Ce blog est dédié aux idées d'avenir positives, aux changements. La prospective est à la fois une science de synthèse pluridisciplinaire et un art pour défricher de nouveaux territoires, repérer des courants forces, explorer des imaginaires...

C'est surtout un outil Eureka pour inventer de nouveaux produits et services, sublimer ou mythifier une marque et ses produits, créer la valeur de la valeur....

Vive l'avenir, car ce qui est génial, c'est que tout commence et que tout est possible !

Maryline

Contribuer à cet article :







Articles similaires

Une économie mondiale sans carbone en 2050… Est-ce possible ? © Edito RTFLASH

juillet 18, 2014

Dans moins d’un an et demi, en décembre 2015,  aura lieu, à Paris, la Conférence décisive  sur le climat, dite « COP 21 », qui accueillera près de 50 000 acteurs et délégués internationaux de 194 pays. Cette réunion sera capitale car elle constitue la dernière chance de déboucher sur un accord international ambitieux prenant […]

L’homme va-t-il pouvoir éradiquer les grandes épidémies de la surface de la Terre ? © Edito RTFLASH – RenéTrégouet

juillet 11, 2014

© Edito RTFLASH – RenéTrégouet En dépit des immenses progrès scientifiques et médicaux intervenus depuis un demi-siècle, les maladies infectieuses et parasitaires restent la deuxième cause de mortalité dans le monde. Elles sont encore responsables aujourd’hui de plus d’un décès sur quatre, soit environ 17 millions de morts par an. Mais en quelques mois, plusieurs […]

Possible aircraft technologies of 2040 © Ray Kurzweil

juillet 9, 2014

A rescue UAV custom-printed on-the-fly by an aircraft’s on-board 3D printer (credit: BAE Systems) Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have developed concepts for futuristic technologies that could be incorporated in military and civil aircraft of 2040 or earlier: 3D printers so advanced they could print UAVs during a mission; Aircraft parts that can heal […]

By 2045 ‘The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,’ And That Could Be A Problem – louis del Monte Interview © businessinsider.com

juillet 6, 2014

Terminator © Source – Interview par Dylan Love : http://www.businessinsider.com/louis-del-monte-interview-on-the-singularity-2014-7 « Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that […]

Voiture autonome prospective : First Drive – la voiture sans volant de Google … First visionnaire ?

juin 2, 2014

Une fois encore  Google se distingue et « voit loin »!  Si Volvo a testé en avril dernier en  Suède  ses voitures autonomes  « Drive me »  (voir sur mon blog : La course  à la voiture autonome : Volvo teste « drive me »  en conditions réelles en Suède + mon analyse sur le sujet : http://www.proame.net/la-course-a-la-voiture-autonome-volvo-teste-drive-me-en-conditions-reelles-en-suede-mon-analyse-sur-le-sujet/ elles paraissent […]

Défilant