Story by David Adams
Not too far into the future, as you settle into the driver’s seat, your car will be keeping an ‘eye’ on your speed and factors such as weather and road conditions. After taking into account prevailing traffic conditions, it may also suggest the ‘greenest’ route … which won’t always be the shortest one.
When low on fuel it will tell you where the nearest petrol stations are, which one has the lowest price that day and which might be offering your personal or corporate loyalty program bonuses. As you approach a pharmacy, it may even remind you to replenish any medication you have diarised.
These scenarios are examples of how future motor vehicles are likely to incorporate so-called ‘context aware’ systems, through which the range of applications will be limited only by imagination.
In the ongoing push to improve road safety and vehicle efficiency, and ease driving stress, automotive IT researchers are also exploring new ways in which intelligent cars can communicate with each other to improve spatial awareness and traffic management, and communicate with road system infrastructure to provide drivers with accurate, up-to-the-minute information about road and traffic conditions.Please login or register to see the full article