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Smart cities must work with connected cars

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By 2017 worldwide spending on connected vehicles will be $29,6-billion and government spending on intelligent transportation systems will be $16,5-billion, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).
A new IDC PlanScape, “Collaboration Between Automotive OEMs and City Leaders for Implementing Connected Car and Smart City Solutions”, offers practical guidance to further explore how IT and non-IT leaders in automotive manufacturing and state and local government can collaborate to provide new and improved opportunities and services in urban environments.
Automotive OEMs face an urgency to evolve their product to compete with other transportation options and smart city officials need to integrate with new technologies in automobiles for the future smart street.
To succeed, these two groups must work together, specifically to improve vehicle and street safety, reduce environmental impacts, mitigate urban congestion, evolve automobile design, and create new value-added services for consumers.
“Connected cars have reached critical mass, and their interaction with the transportation infrastructure within Smart Cities is ongoing,” say Heather Ashton, research manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights, and Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director for IDC Government Insights Smart Cities Strategies.
“Automotive OEMs and smart city leaders will need to work closely to ensure the continued development of, and support for, connected car capabilities and services such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will increasingly include autonomous operations.”