Smartphones have become quite popular for their ability to access the internet while on the go. In an effort to keep drivers connected, this technology is being looked at for addition to optional features for cars. It would make sense to add connectivity to our cars. Some manufacturers are currently offering limited internet access in their vehicles. While this technology is still in the early stages of development, it is a start towards keeping drivers connected.
With mobile technology, one concern has long been for driver safety. Restrictions have been placed upon drivers as to how they use this technology. With this in mind, developers of internet service for cars must keep safety in mind. Therefore, do not expect internet access in UK cars or any cars to be like what you have at home or work. The internet will instead be operated with voice command. Voice recognition software has improved significantly in recent years. This will allow users to operate certain features of internet access without taking their eyes from the road.
Currently, Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chevy are all introducing cars with internet access within the year. The exact kind of system will vary. Some of them will have systems with access to the internet via wireless modules found on board each car while some other cars will access the internet using smartphone connections, as is the case with the Etune System of Toyota. Most of these systems only use a small number of applications. Developers are still working on providing more applications but are taking their time to do so. It is important that the applications function properly.
Until this technology becomes widespread, for now, the best way to access the internet is through the use of one’s mobile phone. However, expect in the near future to see internet access offered as a feature in new car models.
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