I was intrigued by a BBC story this week suggesting that by 2014 every new car would be connected to the internet.
Readers were quick to rubbish the idea. To take just one example from Ziggyboy:
“I want to drive a car not a computer. If I want to use the internet I sit at my desk and if I want to go somewhere I drive my car. Will there be a new law about using your computer whilst driving. Not that it would make any difference as lots of people still use their mobiles at the wheel and are not caught. I for one won’t be interested I just want a car that get’s me from A to B that’s all.”
Yet I can see real benefits in having a connected car. I’d love my car to pay the Severn Bridge toll for me, saving time at the toll booth. What about a satnav that shows traffic on the map and updates to show diversions if the M4 is closed? A car park finder that will find and pay for a space for you?
Gimmicks? Perhaps. But I’m pretty sure that in 10 years we’ll take all this for granted.