No one can deny that Wi-Fi, the wireless technology which is used to connect devices like smartphones, tabs and computers to the Internet, plays a vital role in our lives to connect with each other.
Wi-Fi can be connected in cars, too. One can use their mobiles for this purpose or can use an OBD II device.
Cars that are connected to Wi-Fi can solve many problems we face when we travel.
For instance, it can announce upcoming traffic and can alert the driver. It can direct the driver to an empty parking space. In EVs, it can show the nearest charging point. It also gives weather reports and access to emergency services like Police, Ambulance, etc.
Car Wi-Fi can collect and save lots of information about the owner and the car. The connected car will have the personal info you provide to it, like name, address, email, phone number and even the apps in your phone. It helps to track the car easily.
Having access to the internet in the car, one can get speed information, fuel usage, battery usage and average speed, past journeys as well.
In case of an emergency, for example, in a road accident, the paramedics can know about the owner easily. These details are also known to the car manufacturing company.
The details of the connected cars will also be stored in the cloud which brings in the danger of being accessible to hackers.
Updating the software regularly can ensure some protection. Few popular connected cars in India are Hyundai Elite i20 and Venue, Tata Nexon, and a few models from Kia.