Is it possible to have your car do more without distracting you? That’s the idea behind the connected car — one of the main product threads to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The trend of techie cars is certainly nothing new, but it has previously been limited to such luxury lines such as Rolls Royce, Porsche and other high-end carmakers. Features such as automatic parking, collision avoidance and even more informative center console gauges are now expected on such high-end vehicles. But Derek Kuhn, marketing lead of the software firm QNX, said that systems such as those his company makes are trickling down to mid-tier lines.
Effortless is the name of the game when it comes to building out these new features. People are already texting, calling and checking e-mail behind the wheel — despite laws and campaigns to stop those behaviors — and software makers are focusing on making systems that will take care of the fussy parts of communicating from behind the wheel.