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IoT in Vehicles: The Intelligent Car

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and the way we drive. Using advanced sensing and inter-connected data, the next generation of intelligent transportation systems has brought us into the era of the ‘intelligent car.’

IoT technologies used in vehicles offer a variety of solutions, including connected car solutions:
– Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
– In-vehicle infotainment systems
– Navigation & telematics solutions
– Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) for safety and mobility solutions
– Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) applications
– Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications
– Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication applications

With an estimate that at least 75% of cars will be connected in 2020, the growth of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) creates a transportation system that knows who we are and where we want to go.

What is the Internet of Things?
According to Intel, “The Internet of Things is an evolution of mobile, home, and embedded devices and applications that are connected to the internet, integrating computing capabilities and using data analytics to extract valuable information and sharing data over the cloud .” In simple terms, IoT refers to everyday items being connected to the internet to make life easier. This means that you can control specific items remotely, via a smartphone app, to communicate with other products.

For example, if you run out of milk, your connected refrigerator will automatically send you a reminder when you walk past the dairy section in the grocery store. Or if you’re driving around and need to find a parking spot – since your car is connected to the internet, the parking meter connects to your car and tells you where the empty parking spot is.

How does IoT work?
Connected vehicles refer to the wireless-enabled vehicles that connect and communicate with their external and internal environments. The intelligent car is constantly being equipped and upgraded with technology to make us better connected with the elements both inside and outside the car; enhanced navigation, streaming infotainment, enhanced safety features, and especially the integration between the dashboard with smartphones and wearables.

Bandwidth Evolution:
The key technology to an intelligent car is 4G LTE. LTE possesses the speed, low latency and IP-connectivity, to enable high-quality in-vehicle applications. LTE guarantees speed and quality of service and improves vehicle connectivity dramatically.

With the goal being to achieve a safer and greener mode of transportation, connected cars are the future.

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Adapted Vehicles

Having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t drive. There are many ways to adapt your car to your needs.

What are Adapted Vehicles?
Depending on their specific needs, people with disabilities can often drive safely by making modifications or adding adaptive equipment to their vehicles. With the improvement and increase in technology, the number of people using adapted vehicles has also increased.

Are people with disabilities allowed to drive a vehicle in India?
A person with a physical disability can get a driving license in India depending on their physical capacity and what is the equipment needed to assist them. According to the Motor Vehicles Bill in 2019, those with mental health issues, are visually or hearing impaired, or have limited motor skills, may not be eligible. People suffering from loco-motor disabilities are eligible to drive an Invalid Carriage if the licensing authority is satisfied that they are fit to drive one.

Getting a license:
As per current guidelines, a differently-abled person is required to pass both the written and practical tests. They have to get their modified vehicle approved by the concerned RTO (Road Transport Office) to ensure it meets safety and emission requirements. Once approved, the person may apply for a driver’s license and submit a disability certificate along with it. They cannot be denied the opportunity to apply for a permit or license because of age or disability.

But despite having these guidelines in place and the attempt to make the process easier, nearly 80% of disabled drivers do not have a licence because of various difficulties in obtaining one. We can only hope this changes in the near future to give everyone in our society equal opportunities and inclusivity.