Your Car Connected to the Internet

In 1996 I gave a presentation to an intelligent vehicle highway systems conference in Vancouver Canada. I concluded my presentation with a prediction that some day every car would have an IP address. I was laughed off the stage. Another nut case with a wild idea.

This morning the Business Insider is promoting a connected car study:

  • The connected-car market is growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 45% — 10 times as fast as the overall car market. We expect that 75% of the estimated 92 million cars shipped globally in 2020 will be built with internet-connection hardware.
  • But of the 220 million total connected cars on the road globally in 2020, we estimate consumers will activate connected services in only 88 million of these vehicles.
  • Connected-car vehicle prices are out of reach for most car buyers, but they will drop significantly in the next few years. The high average selling price of $55,000 is driven by the fact that connected-car shipments tilt toward the luxury category.
  • Connected-car technology is now split between approaches that put the internet connection in the car and those relying on a secondary device. Embedded connections don’t require a phone’s data plan to operate, and consumers and carmakers gain access to a wider variety of features and data.
  • Embedded connections will win, in part because they offer two clear advantages to carmakers. They allow auto companies to collect data on cars’ performance and send updates and patches to cars remotely, avoiding recalls related to the car’s software.

More details HERE. The last item on the list was the driving factor in my presentation, the ability of car manufactures to “send updates and patches to cars remotely, avoiding recalls related to the car’s software.”

It took 14 years, but my prediction is coming true, your new car will soon have an IP address.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Your Car Connected to the Internet

  1. sean2829 says:

    You may be right but be careful what you wish for. Besides having a unique IP address it will also have a GPS. In other words, the location of your car will be tracked every moment of every day. That might be enbarrasing for some. Oh, and the GPS will track your speed and location in real time. Now you don’t need speed cameras or speed traps, just a reconciliation with your car’s info. It might also make mileage fees while driving easy to imlement since that could easily be totaled up. Today’s conveniences have already become a tool for commercial and government surveilance. Perhaps this is a redundancy considering this data is already tracked in our cell phones.


    • Russ Steele says:


      You are correct, and the government types are trying to figure out how to tax us by where we drive and how far we have driven using he onboard computer and GPS. We will report over the Internet.


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