Connected cars and technology have been dominating the show again at CES this year. Here’s three of our favourites from the show so far.
— Toyota USA (@Toyota) January 7, 2016
Toyota made a series of software and big data related announcements at this year’s CES which will pave the way for the future of mobility for the company. As a starter, Toyota will expand the number of cars that connect to the internet from as soon as 2017 in the US. They also revealed the launch of the Toyota Smart Centre, which will use Big Data to provide customised driving experiences to Toyota drivers around the world. We can’t wait to see the driver experience and how this embeds into a smartphone or other devices.
— Volvo (@volvocarsglobal) January 5, 2016
You can throw your Volvo driver jokes out the window because in the future, their cars won’t have one. Animations released by Volvo this week reveal a giant screen in future cars, which can be programmed so you can catch up on your favourite TV show while the car handles your commute to work. The Verge also reports Volvo and Microsoft have announced a partnership that will enable Volvo XC90 drivers to control their car through a Microsoft wearable. That’s a pretty cool way to unlock the car…
GM gets serious about Aussie innovation
The news is out. 🙂 https://t.co/Xs1dhez9pX
— George Parthimos (@GeorgeParthimos) January 7, 2016
General Motors announced a very clever smart car service, which allows drivers to track things like fuel consumption and battery life in real-time. You could say it’s like a FitBit for your car. We were chuffed to discover that the tech behind this service was actually born by a company called Connexion Media based in Melbourne. We hope this is just the start of what’s to come from the Australian tech industry.
So just a taste of what’s in store for us on the connected roads of tomorrow… But want to see what it’s like to be in a connected car on the road right now? Get behind the virtual wheel of the Tesla Model S in this video.