The automotive industry is shifting its attention away from infotainment to focus on transformative technologies that will enable the Mobility as a Service paradigm to spring to life. Third-party platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto increasingly dominate the industry as it explores the benefits of ADAS, V2X, 5G connectivity, AI, AR, driverless vehicles, electrification, and IoT. And the future starts now, with the new car and ride sharing economy already evolving to take Uberization to the next level with driverless taxis and multimodal transportation. In the shorter term, car-to-cloud vehicle sensor data crowdsourcing for traffic, parking, weather and map services and cloud-to-car Over the Air Updates for life cycle and cyber security management are critical focus areas. Commercial vehicle technology is evolving from aftermarket fleet telematics to embedded connectivity, active safety and ADAS, platooning and ultimately autonomous trucks.
In Vernor Vinge’s 2006 sci-fi novel “Rainbows End” everything in the world of 2025 is connected – networked sensors permeate the natural environment, our buildings, our machines, even our clothes and personal items. People interact through advanced user-interface technology with the world in the context of incredible information richness. In the real world of 2010, a variety of underlying technology trends are unfolding towards a future remarkably similar to Vinge’s fictionalized account. One such trend is the growing use of Internet Protocol (IP) in sensor networking applications. In this ABI Insight, we’ll analyze the implications of the recent announcement by the ZigBee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance about the use of the ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 public application protocol with both ZigBee and Wi-Fi data link and physical layers.