What’s new in the connected car world?

I thought of starting on something new, and walk you through the best articles about connected cars, which were published in the last couple of weeks. It’s going to be like a newsletter, but in the form of an article. With so many sources of information these days, I decided to make it easier for you, so that you should find what you’re interested in, in only one place.

This is where you’ll find the freshest news on what’s happening in the connected car world.

Nokia has invested $8 million in a connected car startup

From eWeek.com, we find out that Nokia has created an investment fund worth $100 million, which will focus on investing in the connected vehicles. The investment in Zubie was the first one Nokia made with the money from the fund. Zubie looks like a great product. It’s a small device that you plug in underneath the dash, and then it sends reports to your smartphone. The company says that they will “use the new money to fund the development of its car and driver management and vehicle analytics system”. For more info, check out the article on Venture Beat.

Do car owners really know what a connected car is?

Pretty much everyone has heard about it. Even so, “knowing about something and understanding it are two very different things”. eMarketer addresses a topic that manufacturers seem to have forgotten: how much do car owners really know about what connected cars can do? Studies like this are really important, and represent a great source of information. For this survey, they used car owners that had a model from 2009 or later, who were over 18, and who were decision-makers when it came to buying a new car.

Is the connected car security threat free?

Security is a big issue when it comes to connectivity. Hackers are all over the place, so when you have a car you can connect to with just a smartphone, you’re exposed to a high risk. CSO talked about why security is important, especially when more and more devices are able to connect to your car. Automakers need to solve these issues, before they actually release the infrastructure for the connected car.

The Atlantic brings up self-driving car issues

The concept of legal personhood is discussed from all points of view in an article for The Atlantic. As cool as self driving cars may be, they bring up some legal issues. In the case of an accident, who should take the guilt and pay the legal price? Robots should be entitled with legal rights, so that we’ll use them effectively. Real life situations vary, so how do we know who to blame for in case of an accident? This article was my favorite read out of them all this week.

Let’s have a talk

Apparently, there are still some confusions going around in the connected car world, and questions that still need to be answered. Are you familiar with the connected vehicle concept? Are you tempted to buy one, despite all these issues? If not, what would make you buy one? Is there anything you would add to it?

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Philipp Kandal