FAIRLAWN, Ohio—New mobility is a journey. And with a destination still not entirely defined, the journey itself has become the experience.
Because there is no doubt the automotive industry is in flux. It is embracing new technology, defining exactly where it wants to go and innovating all along the way.
Much of that innovation relies on the technology that connects us—drivers and passengers to vehicles, and the vehicles to each other and the surrounding infrastructure.
And all of that makes connected automotive technology critical technology.
It's the bridge needed to move us from what we know of mobility to what we can achieve with it. And while the idea of connected vehicles and fully autonomous vehicles still feels futuristic, the technology needed to bring it to life is not.
It's here, now, built into the framework of today's new vehicles, and it is expanding mobility capabilities both inside and outside of the cabin.
"All the building blocks are there, and it is getting better every day," Casey Selecman, director of powertrain forecasts for AutoForecast Solutions L.L.C., said during a Rubber in Automotive Conference panel discussion. "… (In my car), there is a camera pointing at me. If you look inside your car, you might have it there, too. If you are going to have some kind of autonomous technology, there is going to be a camera there making sure you are watching the road."