The future of safe driving is connected cars December 6th, 2019

The future of safe driving is connected cars

The automotive industry has come a long way, and it keeps on trucking forward, pun intended! From hybrid and electric cars that stray away from gasoline and other fossil fuels, we've pushed into connected cars and self-driving vehicles. But what are connected cars?  

connected car allows the user of the vehicle to connect devices to other devices or vehicles surrounding them. In other words, it is the sharing and obtaining of information via mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, or Satellite Communication Technologies within the IoT networks. Cars are connected in two ways: embedded and tethered. Embedded vehicles operate thanks to a built-in antenna and chipsets, but tethered vehicles make use of the hardware that enables drivers to connect to their vehicle, take Bluetooth-smartphones, for example. These tethered drivers can play music and receive calls from their devices through their automobiles. 

Driving safer for all 

Connected cars can help lower insurance premiums. Connected technology and sensors help manufacturers better understand your driving habits. Just think about frequent braking and acceleration frequencies. Insurance companies can take this data and utilize it to provide better driving incentives. Manufacturers can also take notice of various ways to build a safer vehicle for the general consumer, making improvements where necessary. 

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems 

Sensors and cameras work to monitor overall road conditions and also enhance drivers' performance characteristics. Internal sensors will work to monitor real-time speeds around you, available parking spots, an oncoming presence of high beam lights, and so much more. External sensors can detect lane change and departure notifications, forward collisions, pedestrian collisions, and much more as well. These capabilities are continually evolving. 

Telematics systems can work to assist drivers in better navigating their way through town with GPS systems and real-time data exchange (weather alerts and conditions) while driving through unknown territories. This is responsible for overall vehicle performance, which comes full circle with preventing accidents around us.  

At the end of the day, vehicles are getting smarter, and it's likely driverless and aware cars are in our future. From keeping you and your passengers safe, to notifying you on available parking spots at the shopping mall, connected vehicles are the key to a better experience for drivers everywhere. Connected cars are our future. 


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.