Monday, May 07, 2007

Automobiles of the future - the networked car

The fully networked car was the theme of a recent conference that addressed whether automobiles of the future would include such things as buttons to access virtual reference services, library databases, and more:

the number of cars continues to rise around the globe. In 2006 alone, some 46 million passenger vehicles were produced worldwide, according to OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles), which comprises national associations of manufacturers. These cars need to share roads and resources efficiently. The environment needs to be protected, traffic flows controlled and people kept safe. And increasingly, drivers expect to keep in touch with the outside world when travelling.

Part of the answer to these issues will come from advances in information and communication technologies (ICT). To examine how cars and ICT are converging, a workshop was held in March by World Standards Cooperation — which brings together ITU, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Read more and get links to conference papers from the site - 'The Automobile as a Networked Info Tool; Real Time Traffic'

Via Smartmobs


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