Let’s face it: we are more connected now than ever before. We’re on the Internet at work. Our home televisions are wired to the ’Net. We carry around a number of devices that keep us in constant connection with the world of cyberspace.
But a recent study shows that this level of connection – at home, in the office and at a restaurant – is not enough. We want to leverage embedded M2M solutions to stay connected in our cars as well.
The study, conducted by Harris Interactive (News - Alert) on behalf of Johnson Controls, found that Americans want to use their phones and existing apps safely in our cars. We want a simple, convenient way to do so, and we want it soon.
The study showed that 84 percent of drivers would like a touchscreen infotainment system in their vehicles. Seventy-six percent want their vehicles to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots and 67 percent would love to download apps right to their vehicles.
On the other hand, people don’t just want games and music. Forty-nine percent want vehicle diagnostics apps and 42 percent want navigation apps.
All the while, people want to be able to download and access these apps safely.
"Through this research study, we gain important insight into the needs and wants of consumers as they seek to connect seamlessly and intuitively to their vehicles," said Paul Lambert, group vice president and general manager, Electronics, Johnson Controls Electronics & Interiors, in a statement. "This information is helping us to provide market-leading infotainment solutions that take into account ever-increasing consumer electronics functionality without sacrificing safety."
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Edited by Braden Becker