Gone are the days when you could only access the internet on your laptops and mobile. Most devices these days have an array of sensors that allow them to be connected to the internet. This ability to connect various devices to the internet that enables them to share real-time data is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Leading this phenomenon are connected cars – an innovation that harbours exciting possibilities. IoT-enabled cars are steering us towards a safer and more convenient mode of transport, with attractive features that hoist everyday drives to a better experience.
Presently, connected cars are either using Embedded or Tethered systems to equip themselves with internet connectivity.
The technology at work
Tethered systems rely on in-built hardware that connects to a smartphone to provide many internet-enabled features.
On the other hand, cars with embedded systems do not need a medium to access the internet. Rather, they can connect to the internet on their own and control a host of functions, including:
- Safety features (airbags, collision sensors, anti-lock braking systems)
- Convenience features (adaptive cruise control, climate control)
- Vehicle entertainment systems and radio connectivity
Apart from this, connected cars can also connect with other IoT devices, offer wireless connectivity, download and update software, and send and receive data. The telematics data generated by connected cards efficiently capture the car’s location, speed, idle time, driving patterns, vehicle anomalies, etc. In short, IoT technology and connectivity are revolutionising cars and the way we drive them, like never before.
How IoT is changing automobile technology
Having IoT-enabled cars can unleash a world of features and benefits into your vehicle. Automobile companies are earmarking a lot of their efforts into the release of their next connected car. It wasn’t that long ago that MG introduced India’s first internet car – MG Hector, which was power-packed with over 50 connected features, and with the all-new Hector 2021, the brand continues to drive this legacy forward.
MG Hector 2021 has a one-touch interface to manage vehicle settings, a machine-to-machine embedded 5G-ready sim with Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6), voice assistant, e-calling, entertainment, and remote vehicle control features powered through IoT. It also has cutting-edge ‘Over the Air Updates’ technology that regularly updates its apps and software. Here are some of the IoT features that are changing cars for the better:
1. Over the air updates
IoT-connectivity has enabled cars to update its software over the air (OTA). MG Hector’s i-Smart technology is powered with OTA, making the car akin to a smartphone. This technology enables the car to regularly look for updates, be it in terms of screen appearance and themes, app updates, or new entertainment content, all on the go. These updates also ensure the accuracy and reliability of the car’s systems, and remotely diagnose the car based on the OTA data.
2. Better driving and security
By addressing several issues with technology, IoT is increasingly used to make travel safer. The i-Smart technology in the new Hector 2021 comes with new offerings that aim to enhance your safety. With notifications such as An Engine Start Alarm, Low Battery Alert at Ignition On, and Critical Tyre Pressure Voice Alert, your Hector can help you stay in control whenever you hit the road.
Next comes the Geofencing technology that allows you to set a perimeter for your car and alerts you if it goes beyond the set limits. This can act as a stringent measure against car theft or misuse. Features like collision sensors in connected cars can alert and react to accidents and collisions.
Furthermore, technology is available to monitor driving habits and provide feedback to the car owner. MG’s smart drive information provides analytics like harsh braking, idle running, drive time, and routes along with a Speed Limit Warning to ensure you practice safe driving at all times.
3. Infotainment and convenience
Be it humming to your favourite tunes or knowing the best route to take on every drive, your entertainment and comfort are a given in connected cars. A 26.4 cm HD touch screen gives you access to information at a glance, and a Voice Assistant that also understands Hinglish commands gives you more hands-free control than ever before. Along with a Gaana premium account, the Hector 2021 also has the Voice Search option through which you can search for your favourite song or artists without moving a finger. With pinpointed navigation that also gives you live traffic updates, you can steer clear of rush hours and enjoy your drive even more.
4. Efficient maintenance
Connected IoT-driven cars employ advanced analytics to identify potential vehicular problems beforehand and address them timely. As a result, the time and labour required in inspections can be minimised. The Know Your Vehicle Status option allows you to scan your Hector 2021 and embark on a stress-free adventure.
5. Emergency response
In times of trouble, your car’s connectivity can come as a saviour as emergency auto-calling and alerts make sure that assistance arrives for the car in need. MG Hector 2021 features a self-initiated emergency calling feature that responds to airbag activation by alerting the 24/7 MG Pulse Hub. Cloud-based technology sends text messages in such a situation, along with calls to the owner and emergency contact. In case of no response, emergency assistance is triggered automatically. Such features, tied up with GPS traceability, can reduce the response time in emergencies.
Coming through years of research and innovation, IoT and connectivity-rich modern cars continue to be the major technological advancement in the automobile industry. India’s beloved internet car MG Hector 2021 uses IoT to lead the way with innovations designed to add more safety, security, and convenience to your drives.