There is a massive gap between the smartphones in our hands and the rolling supercomputers we now drive. The technologies are not in sync, and there are only point solutions – those supported by individual car makers – coming to market. The auto manufacturer that connects our already-indispensable phone/computers with the auto in a natural way will have massive disruptive power. Anyone want to drive an Apple iCar? Is that what the Tesla is?
“Most automobile manufacturers are two to four years behind the consumer technology curve, according to industry experts. It typically takes up to four years from when a vehicle is designed to the time it comes off the assembly line. Changing any one component is costly and requires vehicle design changes.”
“One issue automakers need to address is keeping up with mobile device upgrades. For example, each time an updated Android, Windows or Apple phone is released, an infotainment system risks falling behind.”
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