Automakers are building research vehicles that can take in vast amounts of data about their surroundings in a split second. Now it’s up to data scientists to figure how cars can use that information.
Ford’s connected cars will one day resemble extra-planetary robots in having multiple redundant network connections, ensuring they never lose contact with the vehicles and highway infrastructure around them.
Verizon recently has aggressively pursued its LTE-connected-car strategy, buying up Hughes Telematics and on Wednesday launching a new initiative with foreign car manufacturers. But not all automakers are necessarily on board with Verizon’s dream of embedding 4G into every car.
The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles. The reasons there aren’t driverless cars all over the road today is in part a cost issue, but it is mainly one of driver mindset. Ford plans to change that.