As more networked electronics are built into production cars, network standardisation is rapidly emerging as a priority for the automotive industry, according to research released today.
ABI Research said that in-vehicle communications networks have been comprised of dozens of incompatible systems, even among vehicles from the same manufacturer, but warned that this reliance on proprietary standards must end.
Dan Benjamin, an automotive analyst for ABI Research, noted that the failure to agree on industry-standard in-car networks has primarily been the result of an automotive slowdown and a lack of automotive systems that take advantage of newer networking standards.
However, he expects this to change as factors such as tighter emissions standards and highly advanced safety systems necessitate the sharing of sensors over high-bandwidth, low-latency data networks within vehicles.
Car networking will also further expand into the interior, promising less expensive electronic controls and the ability for passengers to share audio and video for entertainment.
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