Alcatel-Lucent has created the LTE Connected Concept via its ng Connect Program to demonstrate some of the possibilities for in-vehicle content consumption. The car will be capable of connecting to the upcoming cellular LTE (Long Term Evolution) data network and stream various different types of content to its built-in entertainment systems. This connectivity can turn any car into a rolling smartphone of sorts. Anything you could access with your mobile device could also be accessed through the vehicle itself.
As we continue to evolve the way we use the web, our relationships with our devices change too. Although the telephone, in its original form, could be considered the very first implementation of a social network, it has turned into something completely different and powerful. Our cars may soon head in this direction, becoming a social networking platform of their own.
I imagine a combination of web-connected infotainment systems integrated with navigation and augmented reality software that allows the vehicles occupants to interact with their surroundings in a totally new way. Maybe some day you'll have a digital avatar associated with your driver's license or registration. Maybe the attractive young lady's car next to you at the traffic light will reveal that she's your age, and single! More practically, the technology could be used to access information regarding traffic, weather, law enforcement or emergencies. Some of this is already available via smartphones and mobile GPS units, but the wireless data network has a lot more of it to offer. As drivers and passengers demand more entertainment from their cars, the technology is becoming available to give them whatever they want.
[ng Connect via Gizmag]