Have you opened the
hood of your vehicle
lately to see what is
going on? Close it
quickly as your latest
foreign options trade is
in some ways things
are going to get more
complicated and in some
ways things will be easier.
My job is to inform and
you can then decide! What
will be coming around the next curve in the road? Well, it will involve more
communication in the form of ‘vehicle telemetry.’
Recently in the middle of the night, two men robbed a Chevy Tahoe driver.
However, even though one robber was hammering the accelerator to the floor,
vehicle telemetry enabled the Tahoe’s engine slowed down and soon it stopped
running altogether. The police used GPS to be on the robbers heels and they were
quickly apprehended when they tried to run.
GM’s OnStar, of which vehicle telemetry is becoming a part, has nearly 6 million
subscribers in North America. Other vehicle manufactures are starting to or will
soon be introducing similar systems. The magazine Economists states, “One way
or another, a quarter of the world’s new cars will be equipped with some form of
remote monitoring and control system by 2016, predicts Egil Juliussen, an analyst
with iSuppli, a California company that monitors technology trends.” In today’s
as well as tomorrow’s highly competitive automotive environment, the percentage
of such systems might well become much greater!
In addition to being able to stop a car cold, vehicle telemetry will do much more.
For example, these systems will be able to monitor vehicle diagnostics in real time
and schedule needed servicing. The driver would receive in vehicle e-mails about
the car’s condition and servicing needs. Furthermore, a vehicle might be easier to
sell as all the service records can be verified to support the car’s condition. And in
time, vehicles would actually schedule their own maintenance with parts being
ordered before it and the driver arrive at the garage.
So, in addition to discussing things with our wife or husband, we can talk to the car!
I can see it now – “Sorry Joe I cannot go golfing then because my vehicle said I and
the machine will be getting serviced! No, in two weeks will not be good either because
my wife says …”
Remote vehicle telemetry will be highly useful on the new generation of electric
cars such as the upcoming (2010) Nissan Leaf. To read my past article on this
car visit: Nissan Leaf. As this is one of the first entirely electric vehicles, it might
have some teething issues. Thus, Nissan will equip every Leaf with telemetry to
transmit information to a global data center. This will help to speed needed
improvements to the car’s manufacturing process. In addition to keeping tabs
on what is going on with the car, Nissan says that the data center will provide
support, information, and entertainment to drivers.
Regarding future all electric vehicles, the heating and air conditioning systems
will use high amounts limited battery energy. Thus, owners will likely be able
to use their cell phone to switch on heat or air when vehicle is plugged into
the electrical socket at home, at work, or say at the mall. Thus, the battery
power will be saved for driving.
Once vehicle telemetry is established, many other applications will be sure to
follow. Toyotas in Japan allow door locks and windows to be operated by
Regardless of all this new technology, the driver should be able to put his or her
foot down. “Ok car or whatever your name, Joe and I will be playing two rounds
of golf on Friday and Saturday for the next 10 weeks and we will also be watching
Monday Night Football the rest of the season. Clear your schedule and contact the
plasma TV entertainment center to let it know!”
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He
welcomes your comments or car questions at his auto web site: