Digitisation is progressing rapidly and with it, the IoT. To date, independent products are increasingly connected to the Internet - cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and other vehicles. The mobile operator Vodafone, for example, reported that in early 2016 there were already approximately 34 million networked machines that autonomously communicated on their mobile network, enabling applications such as connected driving, Industry 4.0 or eHealth. Car manufacturers are working intensively on this to make vehicles into active participants on the Internet. According to car manufacturers, every second car will be a connected car by 2020. The networking of passengers and vehicles to the Internet, other vehicles and the surroundings, enables new applications and is a prerequisite for new mobility concepts. As a long-term goal, many suppliers state comfortable, autonomous driving. Through the interplay of in-vehicle systems and networking with surroundings, connected car solutions can contribute to making both vehicles and driving safer. In addition to driving conditions, assistance systems can increasingly identify and evaluate traffic conditions.
One example of this is their ability to initiate braking or lane change manoeuvres in sufficient time. Intelligent lighting systems optimally illuminate the road without dazzling oncoming traffic.This is how Car2X communication can make a key contribution to increased transport safety in ever more heavy traffic. Should an accident nevertheless happen, then the European emergency call system, eCall, can notify the emergency services of the exact location, open up a permanent communication channel, and ensure that help is quickly on its way.By actively networking connected cars with manufacturers and workshops, new control and maintenance services are made possible. Thanks to an early diagnosis, costly repairs could well be avoided. Another possible application is Update Over The Air, which is a simple way of updating system software.
Furthermore, the extensive network of connected cars can help drivers avoid traffic jams and lead them directly to empty car parking spaces (Green Parking), thus reducing consumption and emissions.