We’ve only really just started getting used to the Internet of Things, with the likes of Amazon Echo, HomePods, Alexa and Google Home Mini revolutionising the way in which we lead our lives. And now we’ve got the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) to come – which could soon change the way in which we drive our cars as well.

Self-driving cars will surely be commonplace on our roads in a few short years’ time so how they’re going to communicate with other vehicles out and about is a pressing concern right now. Bdaily News has taken the time to speak to numerous experts out there to find out about the kind of technology we can expect to see and what impact this is likely to have.

Professor of cybersecurity Ulster University Kevin Curran explained that driverless cars are likely to become more reliant on sensors that have been embedded in the road to tell the vehicle when it’s time to stop or reduce speed. Other information that will be included in this kind of infrastructure includes parking, weather reports, traffic signal control systems and so on.

He went on to say that if an accident happens, 5G technology could send vital details automatically to emergency services like GPS location, the time of the accident, licence numbers, descriptions of the vehicle and the registered owner, which could mean the difference between life and death.

So what are brands up to with regards to the IoV at the moment? Well, Huawei has just unveiled its OceanConnect IoV Platformthat enables connected vehicles, as well as the evolution of intelligent transportation and service transformation for car manufacturers. The platform will support hundreds of millions of connections to ensure reliable and secure vehicle connectivity.

There will also be a global public cloud that will allow automobile manufacturers around the world to enjoy access to intelligent services to meet operational requirements.

Meanwhile, BMW China and Baidu have signed an agreement between BMW Connected and Baidu Internet of Vehicles to allow customers to access vehicle information by voice control, as well as operating certain functions easily from their homes.

They’ll be able to check fuel levels, use remote control to lock car doors, plan routes and departure times and search for mobility information stored by BMW Connected, Automotive World reports.

There’s also a lot of talk going on at the moment about blockchain and how it can be put to good use where automobiles are concerned. According to Design News, several major brands – including BMW, Ford, GM and Groupe Renault, as well as IBM, Context Labs and Accenture – have come together to join the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative that aims to make mobility services affordable, more efficient, safer and greener by pushing forward with the take-up of blockchain, distributed ledger and other similar technologies.

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