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Media: Scientific American examines in-car telematics

Source: Scientific American, 13 October 2001

Scientific American looks at the future of in-car information and entertainment provision and the related issues such as safety and privacy.

Scientific American provides a comprehensive review of the state of 'telematics' for the car, exploring the possibilities to come and reflecting in depth on the impact these could have on safety and privacy.

Author Steven Ashley describes three types of upcoming technology:

  • 'front-seat' tools to make driving more convenient and safer, such as the GPS systems already in use,
  • 'rear-seat' tools to make the journey more interesting for passengers, such as 'on-demand interactive games, digital music, movies and videos'.
  • system support tools for the car itself 'to provide such tools as remote diagnostics, software upgrades and ordering of replacement parts'.

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