While cars worldwide are plagued with distracted driving, car manufacturers are trying to find a solution. Without having a million public service announcements, and having new laws that prohibit dangerous driving, car manufacturers are taking this matter into their own hands. In an effort to make vehicles more safe and user friendly, mobile technology is being developed. Drivers will not have to wait very long to get this new technology. Within only a couple of years, consumers will begin to see cars with certain mobile features and GSMA expects that by the year 2025, nearly every vehicle will be fully equipped with mobile technology. The following 4 are types of mobile technology that automakers and GSMA expect to see built into all vehicles during the coming few years.
- Driver Oriented Features – What if your car was able to give you alerts of roadway hazards like accidents or traffic restrictions, before you drive? Location based mobile devices may make this a reality very soon. Drivers will gain benefits in many ways with the new embedded technology in their vehicles. Some of these benefits include call support systems, weather alerts and other driver oriented features. The more this technology advances, so also will drivers capabilities, which will make for safer driving and fewer distractions.
- Emergency Call Systems – You just had an auto accident and realize suddenly that your cell phone flew out the car window, down a bank and in the river, which makes it impossible for you to call for help. You will not have to worry about this because now your car can reach out for help for you.
- Entertainment – Both passengers and drivers alike use their mobile devices to check the news, access social networks and listen to music. Mobile technology enhancements give your car the ability to do this for you. Drivers who have this mobile technology fine it easier to access, which reduces their urge to reach for the cell phone because your car has all the information you need.
- Backseat Entertainment – Most people who have kids have minivans with the must have, DVD players. Auto manufacturers are working to develop this idea further with mobile technology. There will be installed in the back of the headrest, tablet type computers giving back seat passengers the ability to watch movies or play games.
Many drivers are already benefiting from mobile technology cars. The plans for the European Commission are by 2015 to have all new cars equipped with emergency service call features. Due to the fast growth of mobile technology, sales of emergency call services are expected to reach by 2016 to 7 million units. In Russia it will be mandatory very soon for every vehicle to be equipped with this technology. Brazil is also planning that by 2018 all vehicles will be equipped with stolen vehicle tracking systems. Also by 2018, 9 percent of all vehicles will include tethered solutions, 18 percent will be equipped with smartphone integration and 31 percent will be equipped with SIM technology. No doubt it is obvious as to why automakers expect that by 2025 mobile technology will be the norm.