Hyderabad: Innovation is not confined to high-end cars alone, medium-range cars are also offering capabilities like Android Auto and Apple Car Play. India sells more than three million cars per year, according to SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers).
Apart from cars taking over the role of phone, all connected vehicles send data directly to the servers of their manufacturers.
Honda, Suzuki, Tata and Toyota in their medium-range cars provide services using data-driven apps. Tata Motors Nexon has introduced an activity key wristband, which when activated allows the user to unlock the car from a distance. Companies are launching style kits and thematic decals for customers to build their cars with completely personalised designs, anytime on the go, using just their smart devices.
Because traffic rules and road conditions vary in countries, the self-driving cars are being tested in other roads except India. India hasn’t come out with a concrete plan for autonomous vehicles.
On the contrary most software for autonomous driving is being built in India. Several patents have been filed by companies by Bosch and Continental.
Experts opined that connected cars will continue to define the future of motoring and India has made significant headway in that area.
Tata Motors said its ConnectNext suite of apps, which incorporates application-based services such as the Juke-Car app, emergency assist, Tata Smart Remote, Service Connect and navigation maps, has helped providing a seamless driving experience.