In the morning at 6am my iPhone buzzes. But it is not the alarm clock, rather it's important information from an app.
What is this, I think to myself and look sleepily at the screen: "Danger of black ice! Already 15 km traffic jam on the A3 towards Cologne! Recommendations: Suggest alternative route via the A61 and move up your departure time from 8:00 to 7:00 am."
So, I trot out of bed and into the shower. Showered and in a suit, I sit down at the breakfast table. It's 6:45 am. Again, the iPhone vibrates, "Seat and window heater in operation." Very nice … so I don`t have to start the defrosting myself.
The trip runs smoothly. In Cologne, I take little time in finding a parking space, parking somewhere in the middle of a huge company parking lot.
Four hours later - after a successful meeting - I stand ready for departure at the edge of the now even larger appearing parking lot, thinking, OMG - what row is my car? I press a button on my phone and immediately the car location is displayed. Walking to my car, I enter the next destination for today`s meeting schedule.
And on it goes in the eternal race of the client advisor and sales man against time. After a few kilometers in the car another announcement of my communication system says: "Warning - Accident 5 kilometers ahead - Drive slowly." I am thankful for the early warning and take the exit at the next truck stop.
During a coffee break, my car IT synchronizes with the latest maps, the latest weather forecast, today`s schedule and a list of all dealer's workshops in Germany. Once again a message pops up, this time from the service: "You have some spare time. Recommendation is to avoid a safety-endangering electronics problem with a probability of an 80 percent occurrence in the next 500 km – Better drive in at the next dealer`s workshop - here directly at the truck stop. Confirm by pressing a button and we will book an appointment directly. "
Half an hour later the problem is solved. Only a small component change in my "connected car" was needed to ensure proper functionality of the brakes. The part is in stock, was checked automatically by the app along with the recommendation to repair directly at the workshop. The integrated early warning system analyzed all incoming data, and the error could be corrected before it happened.
With a safe feeling, I join the trip to Hamburg and still enjoy a Matjesfilet at the fish port, go for a beer in the Schanze district and let this very day end smoothly. You probably think such a day would be stressful and I would be done completely in the evening? Precisely not. With an hour earlier than planned wake up, I was in time for my appointment with the customer and wrote another order. I wasn't caught up in any traffic jams. My early warning system saved me hours of waiting on the guardrail of the highway.
I reached my destination in Hamburg easily and ended the day with watching the World Cup opening game in Brazil.
Bottom line: I would be happy to have a vehicle that supports my life proactively. Life with the connected car is still a little bit away, however intelligent and networked vehicle systems will facilitate our everyday life in the future significantly. The car is just the beginning - connected devices will change the way we live and communicate with our houses, cars, cities and social networks.
Think of trucks that send telematics data that is used to save fuel consumption and predict and prevent breakdown of the vehicle. Or insurances that are receiving driving behaviour data via mobile apps and offer the best applicable fee to their customers. These applications are available today, and it is only a matter of time before they are expanded to features we all can use.
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