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As many as 2.2 billion connected devices existed in 2017, and Statista reports that this number is projected to grow steadily this year. One of the most powerful ways the Internet of Things is changing everyday life is through smart homes and home automation. These devices and installations, which collectively fall under the term ‘domotics’, vastly outnumber the other types of connected devices.
What are domotics?
Taken literally, domotics means home robotics, from the Latin word domo, or home. Thought Company explains that the term has come to encompass all forms of smart home technology, from systems that allow homeowners to control house lighting and temperature to automated locks and windows that can be activated remotely.
How can it affect the automotive industry?
The great thing about the interconnectedness borne from IoT applications is that it can extend domotics systems to virtually everything – cars very much included. In fact, automobiles themselves already come equipped with thousands of sensors that domotics can connect to.
Wired Magazine claims that the key to connecting your car to your home is a device called an automatic connected car adapter. These are plugged into diagnostic ports found below dashboards in most modern cars and, through the use of a smartphone app, allow users to connect the car into your home’s existing domotics system. Through this link, you can potentially control your home environment through your car, while also activating programs that run routines, react to triggers, and pass commands through interconnected devices in your car and your home.
On top of allowing for greater interconnectivity while on the road, this adapter can also tap into car data and present information on gas levels and location, and even your driving style and its potential implications on fuel efficiency and safety. Wouldn’t it be great if your car can tell you exactly when and how to add air pressure to your tires, flush out car fluids, and to bring in your car for a brake tune up? This IoT technology can potentially simplify annual tune-ups, which was previously explored here on the Creech Import Repair blog.
Other IoT-related developments in cars are already underway, as manufacturers are now working on installing software updates in real time through connected cars. Some researchers are also looking into allowing cars to communicate with each other to lessen accidents. A combination of GPS technology and the IoT is being used in electronic logging devices (ELDs) as well to ensure driver safety and compliance while helping fleets find the most fuel-efficient routes.
Verizon Connect notes that ELDs automate the recording of a vehicle’s journey, along with important information on vehicle diagnostics and driver behavior. They allow operators and drivers to monitor trips in real time, and enable managements to better evaluate and improve road navigation strategies.
Connected homes and domotics are set to grow by up to 45% this 2018. And while the possibilities in this niche are endless, one thing is for sure: the automotive industry will quickly adapt as further developments in domotics come along.
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