Connected vehicles - What's the talk?

21 Dec 2022    |    3 min read

What are connected vehicles effectively?

“Intelligent Vehicles”, this is how Stellantis, the leading global automaker and mobility provider, defines connected vehicles.

Also Ford describes connected cars as “vehicles equipped with a modem and the ability to communicate and share information about the maintenance status, potential malfunctions and operational conditions”.

So,  it’s intuitive that connected vehicles are connected to Internet. 

Yet the connected vehicle technology is far more than that: thanks to mobile data networks vehicles can have bi-directional communication with each other, but also with mobile devices and infrastructures. 

Also, connected vehicles are able to generate data: OEMs, suppliers, insurers, mobility providers, fleet owners and many other parties that can benefit heavily from this vehicle data.

The connected car data represents actually an opportunity to monetize the data through different business models. The vehicle data is useful to elevate the consumer experience, offer new services or improve the vehicle’s performance.

Here are some of the applications of car data:

  • Usage-based Insurance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • OTA updates/upgrades
  • Fleet Management
  • Traffic Management
  • Roadside Assistance
  • In-car Advertisements
  • In-car Payments

Becoming aware of the advantages that connected vehicles provide, Statista esteems that in 2020, around 48% of all new cars shipped that year had in-build connectivity. It is projected that by 2030, this share will double. In 2030, 96% of all new cars shipped worldwide are expected to be connected cars.

Connected Cars
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How it started - "On Star" and BMW

The Cadillacs hosted the earliest version of connected cars technology thanks to a dealer-installed device called “On star”, a connected car tech platform. It was firstly introduced by General Motors in 1996, and was one of the industry’s first built-in-telematics systems. 

However, the most striking changes occurred at high speeds: BMW in 1980 integrated the on-board computer for Formula 1.
The innovative tool was able to transmit vehicle data onto the box by ensuring connection between cars and the environment. This successful technology transfer made them the pioneers of the connected car series.

Connected vehicles - Today and Yesterday

Cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles will be able to “talk” to each other with in-vehicle or aftermarket devices that continuously share important safety and mobility information with each other. Connected vehicles can also use wireless communication to “talk” to traffic signals, work zones, toll booths, school zones, and other types of infrastructure.” – The US Department of Trasportation

V2V, V2U, V2I and V2X

Connected cars
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The acronyms V2V, V2U, V2I and V2X identify the several applications of connectivity.

Starting from the Vehicle to Vehicle communication: its functionalities include Turn Assist, which warns drivers not to turn in front of oncoming traffic, and Intersection Movement Assist, which warns drivers not to enter an intersection because the probability of colliding with another vehicle is high. When combined, Turn Assist and Intersection Movement Assist prevent up to 600,000 crashes per year, according to the US Department of Transport.

Vehicle to User communication allows sharing owners to monitor their fleets, but also let his customers have access to specific vehicles and leave them whenever they want.

Vehicle to Infrastructures sensors are able to capture infrastructure data and provide travelers alerts about such things as construction zones, parking availability, traffic, and road conditions. Traffic management supervision systems adjust traffic signal phases and timing, aswell as speed limits based on vehicle data in order to optimize fuel economy and traffic flow.

Vehicle to X, stays for “vehicle to everything”: it express the variety of interfaces which connected cars are able to communicate with, such as other vehicles, pedestrians and transport infrastructures. Using this technology, cars can detect other vehicles’ intentions, warn pedestrians before crossing the road, and learn and react to problems ahead.

C-V2X, or cellular “vehicle-to-everything technology”, has been a key announcement at CES 2019, with companies describing how it will reduce traffic congestion and reduce road deaths and injuries.

V2X communication underlines the improvements of technology which leads to a huge benefit growth both for people and for the environment, not surprisingly according to a recent report from Statista

The market for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies in vehicles is expected to grow to around six billion U.S. dollars by 2025. 

Due to their ancillary functionalities, connected vehicles will certainly dominate the automotive sector in the coming years. However, they can communicate with all types of entities. Users will be able to extract the information and data they are most interested in, and will have a much greater mastery of their vehicles than in the past. 

About the author


Benedetta Biggi

Sales and Marketing Associate at 2hire

I love running and daydreaming losing count of the distance I’m covering, cooking (and especially eating) and Drake is my spirit guide.