Behold the magnificent smartphone, a wonder that contains more computing power than did an average desktop computer of 10 years ago, while at the same time being so accessible that kids to grandparents can pick one up and use it with no prior instruction.
Yes, smartphones have changed our daily lives, and now they are changing our cars. Take, for example, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark that, although costing about $14,000, harnesses the power of a smartphone by outsourcing much of its computing duties to the pocket device. Industry observers are predicting that the matching of the phone with the car will turn out to be a bigger step in the development of the auto than was the car radio way back in the 1930’s.
Smartphones connecting to cars will turn the vehicles into moving streaming audio services, hands-free devices, and, for backseat drivers, video players. “I envision the auto as being the ultimate mobile device. The car will become something much cooler than a smartphone,” said Thilo Koslowski of consulting firm Gartner.