The year 2016 may be the year of the car. Not just any car, but the connected car.
If you're attending next weekend's International Consumer Electronics Show, where gadgets like 4K TVs and smartwatches first got a lot of attention, you'll be seeing, feeling and trying out a lot of connected car features. If you're not going to CES, keep reading Happening Now for updates.
This year, the connected car is starting to become commonplace. Whether it's cars connecting to maps, so you know which way to turn, or to a smartphone's streaming music, or to built-in autonomous driving features, most people want a connected car.
In fact, 40 million people are already driving cars with some connected features, most of them connecting through your smartphone. Plus, 64% of people who have a broadband connection at home want a built-in connected feature in their car, according to a new study.
So, which connected features do you want in your car? The most-wanted apps, according to Parks Associates, are: maps, emergency roadside assistance, phone calls, vehicle performance stats, music apps and the ability to browse the Web.