An increasing number of car makers have started integrating smartphones into their in-car infotainment systems. As a matter of fact, this feature will become all but standard on new models, according to a new report by Juniper Research. The company forecasts that 92 million vehicles will feature technology to integrate the smartphone into the head-unit by 2016.
New protocols such as MirrorLink from the Connected Car Consortium will help automotive manufacturers introduce technology to allow the smartphone to become hub that enables mobile internet, app and content access.
Some other findings from the report include:
- Commercial telematics is seeing sustained take-up, driven by its promise of increasing driver efficiency and managing costs.
- Regulatory initiatives such as the eCall driver safety project and Brazil’s regulation 245 governing stolen vehicles will boost telematics take-up in some geographical regions.
- Though several insurance companies are trialling the technology, insurance telematics remains in its infancy with most widespread commercial roll-outs not happening until at least 2014.
As usual, you can get additional information about the full report from Juniper’s website.