Driving to the future

Driving to the future

Home / News | posted on 19 10 2016

A new report released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) highlights that the huge investment already going into research and development for connected vehicles is reaping rewards. However, several obstacles still remain, including privacy and security concerns, a lack of infrastructure, the need for a legislative framework, issues around congestion and pollution and the very real threat from on-demand transport disruptors such as Uber and Lyft.

Matt Kendall, telecoms analyst at The EIU, said "In many respects, connected cars are already an embedded part of the current motoring environment, with many vehicles on our roads utilising connectedness in the form of GPS, infotainment and on-board vehicle diagnostics. However, the end game for the use of connectedness is the self-driving car, which is able to use connectivity to manoeuvre around, and interact with, its environment. But many obstacles to a fully autonomous future remain, and both the tech and auto industries are going to have to work hard, in a spirit of collaboration, to overcome them."

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