Connected cars provides mobility for disabled and elderly

Disabled and elderly will benefit from connected cars and new vehicle technologies, says Thilo Koslowski, Gartner VP analyst on automotive and vehicle ICT, attending International CES 2014 with a focus on news and trends in the automotive industry.

When I ask Thilo Koslowski in a mail if disabled and elderly will come along better in the future with brand new tech solutions in the cars he says absolutely yes.

“Yes, absolutely. Elderly people and those with disabilities will benefit from new vehicle technologies. As a matter of fact, these technologies will provide mobility to more people than today. Going forward self-aware and ultimately autonomous vehicles will allow anyone to stay mobile. Grandmothers won’t have to wait for their kids annual visit and instead visit their families every quarter. Some people might not like this regained mobility but for the elderly or disabled it will mean that they will continue to be part of a mobile life!”, stresses Koslowski.

9 of 10 big automakers are attending the exhibition floor at CES 2014 and a lot of tech companies with solutions for connected cars are joining them. On Monday 6th Google announced a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai, as well as with chipmaker Nvidia, to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.

The market is definitely heading towards connected cars and Gartner predict that by 2018, 20% of all new vehicles will be self-aware by capturing their systems status, positioning and surroundings’ state in real-time. By 2018, also two automakers will announce plans to become technology companies and expand their connected-vehicle value experiences to other industries and devices.

This change in automotive industry will have an impact on the whole society, not least the disabled and elderly. Great times ahead for Grandma!