Which Car is Most Connected?
Gone are the days when having in-vehicle is considered to be unique. You could say the connected car has become ubiquitous these days, as nearly every automaker has made a priority of including safety, convenience, and infotainment technologies as a standard part of their vehicle packages. We are now on to the next phase, which is determining which vehicle is truly most connected on the road.
Carrying on its tradition of setting the pace in the market for connected cars, Connected World magazine today announced the finalists for its 2014 Connected Car of the Year program. Once again, the Connected Car of the Year Awards, now in its third year, will honor automakers for the right blend of safety, convenience, and infotainment technologies across six different categories. Winners will be announced in the Feb/Mar issue of Connected World, and a special ceremony for these automakers will take place at the Connected World Conference, which is co-located with the Chicago Auto Show this February in Chicago.
Past winners such as Cadillac have worn the title of Connected Car of the Year with honor, as indicated by this commercial highlighting its distinction for the Cadillac XTS winning in the Luxury category in 2012. Such awards help automakers distinguish their vehicles from the suddenly crowded pack of connected cars on the road.
The finalists for the 2014 Connected World magazine Connected Car of the Year are as follows:
Small: Dodge Dart (Uconnect); Mazda3 (Mazda Connect); Toyota Corolla (Entune)
Midsize: Chevrolet Impala (Chevrolet MyLink); Infiniti Q50 (Infiniti InTouch); Nissan Altima (NissanConnect)
Luxury: BMW 5 Series (BMW ConnecedDrive); Lincoln MKS (SYNC with MyLincoln Touch); Cadillac CTS (CUE)
Ultra luxury: Lexus LS (Lexus Enform); Audi A7 (Audi connect); Mercedes-Benz S-Class (mbrace2)
Green: Tesla Model S; Chevrolet Spark EV (Chevrolet MyLink); Ford C-MAX Energi (SYNC with MyFord Touch)
Truck: Ford F-150 (SYNC with MyFord Touch); Dodge RAM (Uconnect); Chevrolet Silverado (Chevrolet MyLink)
More detailed descriptions on what captured the attention of the editors for all of this year’s finalists can be found at: www.connectedworldmag.com/caroftheyear.aspx
Will the next generation of in-vehicle technologies be focused on autonomous driving? How about cars that communicate with the road and other parts of the infrastructure?
As always, it is impossible to predict the future, but the fact of the matter is no matter which direction this market seems to be headed, automakers that are best positioning their cars (and educating drivers on the benefits) stand to gain the most in a highly competitive market.