I talk about flying all the time because, well, I fly just about all the time. But the fact is, far more people drive than fly, whether for work or vacation, and I also have a driving trip now and then each month. I also love techie stuff and everyone loves Wi-Fi. Combine all of them and you have the future of automobile travel.
In a report about a year ago, tech research firm ABI Research said that by 2018, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems will be in more than 35 million cars, led by Apple. In a very recent article, the projected numbers are calling for 150 million Wi-Fi equipped vehicles by 2020.
While this news is exciting to anyone who drives, some of the gains will come in baby steps. In this reliability ranking last year from Consumer Reports, vehicle complaints about in-car electronics was very high. Indeed, higher than any of the other 16 categories.
Whatever about the past, progress come from failures so be on the lookout for these hi-tech cars coming your way soon, both in your own driveway and at car rental centers for travelers.