Mobile Multimedia Systems Will Transform the Passenger Car as We Know It!
18 January 2000The Explosion in Growth of Mobile Multimedia Systems are set to Transform the Passenger Car as We Know It, Says A New Report From The Economist Intelligence Unit, THE ELECTRONICS REVOLUTION IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY
DETROIT, Jan. 18 -- The explosion in growth of mobile multimedia systems are set to transform the passenger car as we know it, says a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, THE ELECTRONICS REVOLUTION IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY. Such is the growth that the total content of electronics in a vehicle will reach more than 30% of an executive car's value. Written by William Kimberley, winner of the Delphi award for "outstanding automotive technology journalism," the report identifies areas where electronics are revolutionising the vehicle. The next step in the integration of electronics in the vehicle is the connection of all computers on a "vehicle intranet." The EIU predicts that intranet systems will make a first appearance on passenger cars in 2001. The driver will have a voice-activated screen to send and receive e-mails verbally or go on the Internet. Many of the controls will be taken out of the driver's hands-for example the car may not be allowed to exceed the speed limit. Spark plugs of the future could use neural-network technology to double as engine performance sensors. Active wheel sensors, incorporated in tyre tread patterns, will accelerate reaction times for both ABS and ESP (electronic stability programmes) in the future. Night vision systems made their first appearance on Cadillac models earlier this year. However the EIU remains sceptical about the volume adoption of this head-up display technology, despite the enhanced image which it offers. The next stage in vehicle security will incorporate "biometric" access as with early Siemens' systems which intelligently "read" individuals' fingerprints. Sensors will authorise access to the vehicle as well as permitting keyless starting of the engine and fuzzy logic will set the automatic gearbox to the individual driver's requirements. "Bluetooth" technology will usher in a new protocol of "open wire-less networking"-spelling the end of the need for hands-free mobile phone facilities in the car. The electronics revolution in the motor industry, 2000 edition Available from the Economist Intelligence Unit on 212-554 0643 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the EIU's Online Store at http://store.eiu.com/auto Price: US$1395/895 pounds