“The past year was a pivotal one, with many important achievements across the disruptive dimensions of mobility: autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility (ACES)”, mentioned in the article by Mckinsey. Connectivity is the driving force in today’s automotive scenario. It is being said and well observed that the connected automotive infrastructure includes important aspects like V2V, battery swap/charging stations, vehicle-android interaction, and cloud services integration.
The fuelling in EVs can be understood in many ways like choosing the battery swapping alternative, going for battery charging on charging stations located at the corner of the streets or on the highways, or your own home charging. Whether it is to notify the availability of EV fueling stations or searching for the battery swapping stations and the number of swaps, or alerting the owner about charging/discharging/health states during charging or the payment for services and the maintenance & service related information, a well-defined connectivity cluster is there in your hand.
E-mobility On Clouds!
As e-mobility is on cloud nine; connection with cloud services or Over-The-Air connectivity has made it easier to have frequent software updates in the vehicles without witnessing the service center dealers. Your vehicle is now capable to reach its own destination and can even help you reach safety. Nowadays, the GPS data tracker notes the driving pattern of a driver and a logger inside your vehicle processes and suggests a better driving experience. It is all possible via connectivity. Most importantly insurance claims will be easier and faster to manage for all stakeholders. And the theft of vehicles will be more difficult or maybe nearly impossible in the future with connectivity.
“Fiat Chrysler announced in June that it plans to deploy a new mobile wallet in the second half of 2019 for 2019 and 2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with connected services. The system is called the Uconnect Market Platform and can be updated over-the-air.”, a report by SpGlobal.
Foundation of Autonomous Vehicles
Connectivity is also more than the entertainment in your dashboard. While 5G networks’ transmission speeds help vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2X communications by boosting efficiency and safety, the auto industry must innovate around the technology for mass-market adoption. Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mazda are some of the notable automakers that have added Android Auto capability. Also, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Connectivity will improve in-traffic communication.
Long Story Short
Every technology was once the part of visionaries’ mind but the tortoise is always a winner and thus wins the race. As connectivity is already been used in many countries from connecting your mobile phone to your vehicle infotainment system and accessing through HMI or for the payment services like the toll on highways or battery charging & swapping station location finder, or battery status on the app of your android/iOS-based phones, India is no behind in the race of achieving the highest summit. There are several phases of implementation by many OEM and start-ups that are incentivized by the government through various policies to make the future greener, advanced & simpler for the citizens.