Cars Go Transformers
With an ever increasing need for connectivity and more and more people choosing cars on a tech-based criteria, makers have rushed into fitting their products with a variety of electronics in order to keep up with the trend. According to a report from iSuppli, a global technology research company, manufacturers will start offering automotive tech features in nearly twice as many vehicles than they do today.
Over 50% of next-year's US automobiles will come with a variety of interfaces, especially for iPods while a staggering 82% will offer Bluetooth wireless connections. The spillage of such features into automobiles is natural, according to Phil Magney, vice president of automotive research for iSupply, who said, "The automotive industry is at the point where in-vehicle technologies -- or the lack of them -- are influencing sales."
iSuppli's report reveals that 82% of 2009 US cars offer Bluetooth connection compared to only 55% of 2008 models while USB interfaces in cars have doubled since last year's with a percentage of 33% over the previous 16%. Embedded HDDs are also a top choice among buyers and producers as well, following the popularity of infotainment and navigation systems.
Furthermore, satellite technology has moved from cable operators into cars with suppliers now offering stronger satellite links that offer more relevant live traffic-information while making the use of navigation devices more practical than ever.
Previously available only with high-end products, tech features have become a constant part of a car's anatomy and subsequently of the urban dweller's way of life. Additionally, secondary features like parking aids, head-up display and cameras are also on the way to become permanent. Cars are rapidly turning into wheeled batteries and judging by the forecasted electrifying future, promoed at this year's Paris Motor Show, we're all in for a pleasant shock.