Automobiles and the Internet are two revolutionary inventions to greatly change people's lives and promote society's development over the past century.
Now, connectivity, also known as the Internet of vehicles, will reshape lives anew, and perhaps even more significantly.
Statistics from information provider EnfoDesk showed that in 2013,
EnfoDesk expects the output value of vehicle connectivity in
The Global System for
Li Zhaorong, a researcher dedicated to vehicle connectivity, said the sector is getting more lucrative in
"The more discerning requirements of consumers, along with the more complicated modern transportation and road conditions, the increasing awareness of safety and the booming number of vehicles all raise the demand for vehicle connectivity technologies," Li said.
According to a survey conducted by consulting firm
About 39 percent of 14,000 respondents said that connectivity was a major consideration in choosing a car, while only 14 percent said driving performance was the main thing they cared about.
The survey also found that Chinese drivers exhibited the strongest interest in connectivity technologies, other than powertrain, among 12 countries.
Chinese consumers also voiced much higher requirements for transportation information, including navigation, traffic conditions, speed camera, and parking lots and POI (point of interest) locations.
In addition, Chinese drivers came in at No 1 in terms of connectivity technology and service usage, with the highest expectations for new innovations in the future.
Although fully automatic driving is still in the concept car stage and has not officially hit the road,
The company noted such a significant demand will help promote the wide application of automatic driving technologies.
Seeing interest increasing, especially in
The company estimated that more than 75 percent of the global population and 6.6 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2015, which will bring more convenience to daily life and significantly improve energy efficiency.
"The Internet of things and services is now a hot topic in
Leveraging its sensor and software technologies, Bosch is working to establish the frameworks and foundations of connectivity.
Bosch Sensortec, a subsidiary that specializes in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, launched its
The company develops and markets micro-mechanical sensors for consumer electronics, mobile phones, safety systems, industrial technology and logistics. Every other smartphone across the globe now uses Bosch sensors.
While MEMS technologies are regarded as the hardware basis for connectivity, Bosch Software Innovations has launched a pilot project for promoting electric vehicle application in
Automated driving is another example of the potential advantages of connectivity technologies.
With components such as sensors, cameras and electronic control units, all of which can enable connectivity, Bosch's driving assistance functions are among those that are leading the way to automated driving.
A dashboard system with 4G mobile Internet connectivity is seen in a Chevrolet Impala. It is predicted that by 2020, all new vehicles will be equipped with connectivity technology.
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