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[TS] Intel Capital to invest $100 million in connected car technologies

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Intel Capital, the chip maker's global investment arm, has announced that it's creating a $100 million 'Connected Car Fund' to help speed up innovation and adoption of new technologies in the automotive industry. Most of the investments will be made over the next three to five years in hardware, software and services companies around the world developing technologies to promote new in-vehicle applications and services.

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Looks like Ford was right, this seems to be shaping out to be something bigger than some people first suspected, I mean this is Intel!
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Computers in car is a relatively cheap way to add differentiated features in their product.
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Computers in car is a relatively cheap way to add differentiated features in their product.

This. It can make it so much more functional.
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Exactly, think of all the car apps you can have!!!! rolleyes.gif
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Anybody else here kind of not like the idea of computers being so intergrated into cars? I don't know if they have measures to protect from it, but the thought of being in a hacked car doesn't seem so pleasent.
    
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Anybody else here kind of not like the idea of computers being so intergrated into cars? I don't know if they have measures to protect from it, but the thought of being in a hacked car doesn't seem so pleasent.

In principle, I think the more you remove the driver from the responsibilities of driving, the more you open it up for them to be careless and unobservant while driving. On the other hand, tech in cars has drastically improved safety of driving. I don't want my car to be a robot, but I am absolutely grateful for the things tech has accomplished, especially when you can guarantee you won't necessarily die when you get into a head-on collision from some careless person.

But more fun features? I say why not. I'd love to have more audio streaming capabilities in cars, for one. Real-time traffic updates integrated into GPS more universally.
    
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Anybody else here kind of not like the idea of computers being so intergrated into cars? I don't know if they have measures to protect from it, but the thought of being in a hacked car doesn't seem so pleasent.

Even a mechanical mechanism can be compromised. No car is safe from theft.

I love the current functionality of my car, I can ring people and answer the phone with the push of a button, access my phone's contacts list, listen to music via Bluetooth and it has a built in Sat Nav, automatic lights, automatic wipers ect,.. Beyond that there isn't much I would want in a car computer, internet is all but useless when driving, so is watching movies.

Any added features at this point would be purely for the passengers benefit as I don't really see anything else that the driver could possibly utilise from an in car computer.
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so much more fun to mount an old android phone or tablet into your old hack friendly project car biggrin.gif nook color in a XJ! I will get to work on this one day.
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Hopefully all this new in-car tech can be accommodated with self-drive cars tongue.gif People brush their teeth, eat cereal etc in their car. All we need is more tech.
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Anybody else here kind of not like the idea of computers being so intergrated into cars?

Yes. It's just more surveillance.
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