With a record setting nine automakers at the annual International CES this year and more than a hundred other auto-related companies, you might consider CES (formally the Consumer Electronics Show) the first “auto show” of the year. While we may not see any new vehicle launches this week, we can expect to see a host of new technologies, gadgets, services and applications all designed to take your commute to a new level of overdrive.
According to a recent Capgemini study, 51 percent of consumers in all markets anticipate that their next car will be connected. (Source) And, automakers are taking note. Consumer Electronics Association industry forecasts predict sales of factory installed vehicle technologies will increase by nearly 20 percent in 2014, to $11 billion – including connected systems like General Motors’ OnStar.