The hype cycle for the Internet of Things is in overdrive and attempting to knock big data off its perch as the top tech catchphrase.
I'm still not fully seeing why my Internet aware toaster will make my life better when it communicates with my Internet aware margarita maker. What I do see, however, is an open road to a world of self-driving Internet aware cars. I can't wait until mobile becomes motile.
With automobiles poised to be both mobile, motile and communicative, these soon to be self-directed communication vehicles may begin to transport people in ways beyond what we are familiar. Beyond transporting people from point A to point B, the cars of tomorrow will transport people into a new society. This type of transportation is beyond question, but what is still open is whether it is possible to achieve the same sort of transformation as smartphones have achieved.
The Future is an Open Road
Possibility number 1: Freedom for the hectic connected professional
How much does it annoy you to notice, schedule and complete routine car maintenance? Get ready for America's number one product to be leveraged for good use: laziness. What if your Internet aware and self-driving car not only knew every bit of it's operational health, it's maintenance schedule, released safety recalls and your preferences for maintenance facilities? It could schedule and complete whatever maintenance you approved without the need for a loaner vehicle (which few shops offer anyway), without a shuttle to and from work, without a waiting room full of people watching Divorce Court or reading us weekly, and without begging a ride from a co-worker or your equally busy spouse! Holy crap! That would be awesome!
Possibility 2: Your car as a hypermedia consumption device