This blog lists the top 10 worldwide predictions for connected devices and consumer digital transportation. These technology predictions are meant to help the players throughout the connected device and consumer DX ecosystem with strategic planning within a typical five-year cycle.
Think about all the connected “things” you carry with you or have in your home: Smart phones, iPads, PCs, fitness watches and many other devices. Some we’ve used for years, others are part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT). We use them frequently for communicating, connecting socially, monitoring our health and fitness or conducting business. All of this data is contributing to what IDC calls the Global DataSphere. You may not realize this, but as soon as you connect anything to the internet, you establish a data exchange relationship that adds to the world’s DataSphere until the device is disconnected.
We’ve discussed how crowded the overall Internet of Things (IoT) market is, but the ultimate value in IoT lies in IoT applications. However, IoT applications require a strong technology base in order to be successful; hardware, other software platforms and software analytics, and connectivity are all important pieces to the IoT applications puzzle.
Earlier this month, GM announced that it will be adopting Google’s Android Automotive operating system, which included Google’s voice assistance (Google Assistant), embedded navigation (Google Maps), and in-vehicle applications (via the Google Play Store), for all of its vehicle brands beginning in 2021. This landmark deal reinforces the importance of developing and delivering a differentiated in-vehicle experience, as well as demonstrates how large horizontal technology platforms and brands are targeting IoT and key verticals (like automotive) for growth.
For the past few years I’ve been covering the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) market and over the years I’ve seen some impressive demos. For VR headsets these usually revolved around some sort of game or other-worldly experience — the kind of stuff that’s always fun and exciting for users.