Is It A Bad Idea To Have Cars Connected To The Cloud?

January 7, 2011
OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.

OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.

With vehicles like the new Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the era of connected cars is upon us. That is definitely the sense we are getting from this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that is going on in Las Vegas this week. With everyone from Audi to OnStar making huge announcements around connectivity in cars, the future is now. But is all this connectivity a bad idea?

On one hand having a vehicle connected is a great idea. Vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf really need to be. Without connectivity owners would not be able to monitor the charge status of the vehicles battery pack. Other necessities such as finding the nearest charging station and the radius that you can drive on your current charge would not be possible.

On the other hand, having vehicles connected could end very badly as technology evolves. At CES OnStar showed of what some possible features for the future utilizing Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE technology. While this is all great and grand, some of the features just seem dangerous. Skype video chat was an example that was shown. Even if it would only be able used by the passengers, the driver would still be able to hear (and probably see) what is going on. Yet another distraction.

Can you imagine the first car crash and possible loss of life because of an in-car video call? The lawsuit would be huge, and fingers would be pointed at OnStar as much or more as the people in the car.

So we ask you, is it a bad things that cars are becoming more connected? Should it be in moderation and if so, what kind? What should and shouldn't be on the table when it comes to features? Sound off in the comments and let us know how you feel about in car connectivity.

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