As today's cars, trucks, and other associated automotive vehicles continue the trajectory of artificial intelligence of on board electronics. It may very well end up within this decade or there about our smart phones will be considered as an indispensable piece of computerized electronics in managing our own vehicles. Not to mention the advent of wearable gadgets that our smart phones may become rather worn on clothing (ala Star Trek communicators) than carried in a holster. Efficiencies are being squeezed nearly every year by the function and computing power of today's gadgets. Vehicles will no doubt continue to follow suit in a similar measure as the wizardry of technology allows for a near convenience experience. In helping us manage our productivity away from work and our own house holds. More like a mobile command and control hub will vehicles of tomorrow emerge in ease of functions for our daily modern needs and wants.
Every automaker will have developed a software application as a downloadable software interface with their particular car model. For use in a car owners smart phone(s) only after purchasing a vehicle and not before. The car control app will synchronize via encryption processes to the owners smart phone(s). (In case of several alternate drivers each with their own authorized smart phones) In part the car control app will randomly generate an electronic key code that acts as a handshake to open and close one's vehicle. We already today have key less entry devices at a certain broadcast short range frequency like a combination lock. However tomorrows vehicles will have the singular unique smart phone Dial into opening or closing a Smart Car. Just like you were calling a colleague at work to prep something for you in function. In this case your calling your car to open or close and begin its own standard protocol checklist of functions for operation.
The smart phone(s) synchronized to the owners smart car will place an additional layer of theft protection of a vehicle. If a car thief attempts to spoof an owners smart phone to gain key less entry to the owners vehicle. There can be an additional layer of protection provided by the owner where a verbal key phrase must be uttered. Speech recognition software authorizes its the owners own voice and not someones that just knows the key phrase as the password. Or the vehicle can ask a random security question like many websites do today to log in to your account. Again looking for its owners own speech pattern to verify who it is. Also, ones Smart Phone will have a digital finger print scanner to open your vehicle. Do note the thumb is no longer the only required finger for scanning. It can be any number of digits of your choice as an acceptable scanning recipient.
Now vehicles of today may have a rear view camera so as to not bump into someone or another car or object. Smart Cars of tomorrow will be a multi-angle array of safety and security camera's. For instance like in Russia or parts of Eastern Europe its popular for car owners to have personal dash board camera's. For protection to prove something actually happened in a car accident not just for insurance purposes. But, dirty police have been known to be chronic lairs as to occurrences in traffic incidents. So the popularity of car dashboard camera's has soared in Russia and neighboring Eastern Europe. Even in America and in other parts of the world police were the first to issue dashboard camera's onto their patrol vehicles. Tomorrow's smart cars will have dashboard camera's, 360 degree interior roof light camera, exterior rear, exterior car doors, and exterior radiator grill front cameras at street level. As a package suit of safety and security camera's for car owners. Car manufacturers can sell from plain daylight only to sophisticated infrared red see in the dark camera's. Touting viewing distance, illumination, optical clarity, and so forth as sales features.
What this does for a Smart Phone is akin to a home security system often marketed today to home owners. However a wired up smart car with this ensemble of vehicle camera's mimics the very same safety conscious consumer of tomorrow. Using your smart phone via a encrypted connection you dial into your vehicle to watch whats happening around your car. So if an idiot dings your car door in the mall parking lot you'll have recorded footage in tracking down the hit and run away fool. I can hear the incidents of car insurance claims go up in the future for car detailing shop repairs. :o)
Automakers will also transmit to their vehicle fleets sold to car owners anti-virus and malware software protection via the Internet. Since in many ways Smart Cars of tomorrow are a mobile wireless Internet hub of their own, albeit encrypted for private use. Just like today's personal computers receive software anti-virus updates from an assortment of companies. This will be so car thieves don't infect a vehicle to gain entry via a malicious car hack of tomorrow.
Smart phone address books will be synced up with your own smart car's address book accessible via your touchscreen console. However speech recognition can be a primary means of interacting with your vehicles computerized console(s). (Back seat passengers will have one of their own as well.) Whenever your personal smart phone address book updates your car will prompt you requesting for the update from your phone. The same can occur via the car maker control app installed on your smart phone. Your smart phone will solicit you for the most current updates from your smart car with contact information. Of course all of this can be given prior permission to happen behind the scenes without having to authorize every secure request of an exchange of data. Business travelers renting a personal vehicle with a Smart Car can download the car rental company own car control app. The duration of the car rental ticks down like a timer until the car is returned. So the business person traveling via their smart phone can securely transmit their native address book to the smart car rental. For ease of travel to preloaded destinations required by the company during their stay or other personal interests.
Some Smart vehicles such as sport sedans or minivans with additional spacious leg room for back seat passengers. Will have the aforementioned secondary back seat computer console hub for passengers. In a way ever since minivans of today started to have flip down television panels to entertain the kids or what not. This form of on board entertainment will only evolve much further to include computer Internet surfing. And, of course gamers delighting playing their favorite MMO's or multiplayer FPS game match whilst in transit. Picture today's "Playstation Vita" portable game device offered by Sony. The passenger back seat console will have wireless controllers similar to today's "Playstation Vita". With an enlarged screen as a remote control wand or game controller for Internet entertainment purposes. Of course if a passenger has their own Smart Phone or Smart Tablet they can sync with the back seat console hub as a guest log in to utilize its functions as well.
Today GPS devices in cars already record your traveling points throughout the day. Stored indefinitely until the memory cache is overwritten with new data. A Smart Car of tomorrow will have its GPS like a Black Box similar to an airplane as a data recorder. Smart Cars, each will have their own Data Recorders for car insurance purposes and probably one day required by law like an airbag for safety by the Federal to State governments. The Smart Car data recorders will certainly record in a memory buffer all camera footage whilst stationary and during transit. All of this can be streamed to ones smart phone for reference as needed, but stored on site with ones vehicle. The smart car in some ways will be like a traveling computer server cluster.
*Government vehicles be they Military or Civil Intelligence sectors may benefit from an additional layer of technology just for their own purposes. That is Virtual Augmented Reality destinations pre-programed into their Smart Car for Dead (Data) Drops or Retrieval of Sensitive Data Locations. That to the naked eye is meaningless. But, with an augmented reality sensor with a smart car or helm on the driver they can pin point destination points as needed. There can be tele-conferencing nodes with such augmented reality hotspots similar to every "Mission Impossible" mission briefing. Since the Smart Car is like a driving computer server cluster it can interface with virtual only secure Intelligence sanctioned locations. However any such augmented reality vehicle enabled with such virtual reality sensors can be a mobile transmission node to infect with a computer virus unsuspecting victims.
All government vehicles be they for civil servants in the Federal, State / Provincial, and Local municipalities. Will have their on board Smart Car camera's sync with Federal / Local police departments. So as to provide a public sector Mobile CCTV Platform for public safety surveillance purposes. So if a incident occurs in real time be it a traffic accident or an actual crime taking place. Police can be dispatched as needed. Also regional traffic authorities will also sync into these same government smart cars to data mine traffic flow patterns. To prevent traffic congestion for the populace at large as an additional deployed sensor array package. For motorists to access on a public as needed basis piped into all Smart Cars. Like today's free accessed Public Service Commission free television channels required by law for local county governments and public school districts.
When the era arrives when cars can drive themselves in an automated fashion thanks to companies like Google or Federal government agencies like DARPA. Then consider the Smart Phone like a bell man's whistle calling for a remote-off site pick up for a friend or yourself. The proverbial soccer mom has gone robotic with your own personal vehicle. The same goes for Taxi's showcased in both sci-fi movie versions of "The Running Man" with an automated computerized robotic automobile. Chauffeurs around the world will cringe for their occupations being downsized in later vehicle automated generations. Only the very backwards part of the world will still use antiquated human drivers. Or the filthy rich to denote their opulence for the old ways of driving in antique cars and boats.
During emergencies if the main car driver is injured or unresponsive due to a car accident. If their Smart Car is outside the regional automated traffic network digital umbrella. Which is a centralized traffic authority that provides guidance to all local automated vehicles during transit. Until that time vehicles can do this on their own via satellite after the first few generations figure out such an technological obstacle. When the car driver is out cold at the scene of an accident any authorized back-up drivers that are conscious with their own Smart Phones. Can manually drive the car via their Smart phone if its in drivable condition, but are outside the scope of the regional automated traffic network. (ie Rural areas) Much like in the James Bond 1997 movie of "Tomorrow Never Dies".
If a car is ever stolen or broken into the Smart Car will alert the owners Smart Phone immediately. In tandem the Smart Car will also send out a distress alert call to the local police authorities computer network. Which will in turn alert the closest police patrol squad car to intercept in the vicinity. The alerted car owner with their smart phone can access the encrypted video camera stream of the car thief. Where the en route police squad car will be given temporary access to do likewise so as to build a case for criminal prosecution of stolen property. The car owner will be given the option to turn off the car engine block with or without an alert to the car thieves. Similar in many ways to today's "General Motors OnStar" service car theft protection features. Where all car windows will roll up and car locks secured including the glove department will lock to make the vehicle a secure vault in many ways until police show up. If a vehicle has a passenger folding back seat like in a sport or family hatchback. The folding seat control mechanism will also lock so as to prevent a car thief from escaping via the vehicles trunk space in accessing the manual release lever.
These are some of the manners I can envision a Smart Car of tomorrow will function for owners. Smart Phones will cross the threshold of an optional mobile communications gadget into a very necessary component in owning a personal vehicle. Everyone will have a Smart Phone of various technological features and quality levels of affordability. By extension Smart Cars will piggy back onto this modern society need in many ways to aid us in living more productive lives. Although the price of productivity may be more burdensome due to loss of privacy and other sociological inconveniences for having technology available at all times. This is the future perhaps within the decade if not a few years after that but well within our generations time frame. No longer the domain of science fiction but hurling towards us as a real fact.
Ivan "Atrayo" Pozo-Illas, has devoted 21 years of his life to the pursuit of clairvoyant automatic writing channeling the Angelic host. Ivan, is the author to the spiritual wisdom series of "Jewels of Truth" consisting of 3 volumes published to date. He also channels conceptual designs that are multi-faceted for the next society to come that are solutions based as a form of dharmic service. Numerous examples of his work is available at "Atrayo's Oracle" blog site of 11 years plus online. Your welcome to visit his website "Jewelsoftruth.us" for further information or to contact Atrayo directly.