Jan 26, 2017

Cars as feature phones

There's a ton of articles out there dealing with the upcoming disruption of the automotive industry, from various angles and perspectives. Besides big data, intelligent co-pilots like this interesting-looking start up from Germany (https://www.germanautolabs.com/) and self-driving, cars are stunningly un-connected nowadays. Given that the average car age on German roads is 9.2 years, this should be a home-run for products like this Bosch-powered car/smartphone dongle: https://www.drivelog.de/connect. But somehow none of these things really take off. An interesting perspective on the situation of cars is to compare them with feature phones, pre-iphone: interesting article by Benedict Evans from Andreessen Horowitz:

http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2017/01/10/cars-as-featurephones