The era of the Internet of Things is evolving and ushering a demand for more integrated technology in the consumers market. There will be over 1.5 billion IoT devices with cellular connections by 2022, according to an Ericsson Mobility report.

These devices include connected cars, meters, machines, electronics, and wearables, which suggests how much the auto-world is set to benefit from connected wearable technology. People are looking for tech that allows a car to drive itself, park itself and control various operations such as self-locking and monitoring the driver’s health, all in an attempt to increase safety on the roads. Wearable devices technology is actively bridging the gap between consumers and these demands.

Why integrate them with vehicles?

These devices allow the wearer to access data from anywhere, which brings substantial advantages such as improving performance, safety, and security. For instance, one application could be used to track the driver’s performance and fetch information from the vehicles telematics system about cases of harsh braking or hard acceleration . Wearable devices could also use this telematics data to issue danger alerts to a driver such as when changing lanes. Wearables can also feature on-screen buttons to alert the back-office or trigger a distress call in case of emergency. For these reasons, connectivity will continuously be on the rise and integrating wearables with vehicles will significantly improve safety and security on the roads.

What is Trending?

Hyundai Blue Link is a car app that accesses features via a smartwatch to provide connected care. This app offers automatic collision notification and SOS emergency assistance. Blue link also provides email alerts of the driver performance, allows the user to access the car remotely and helps to track it in case of theft. Similarly, BMW Mini Augmented Vision Glass is designed for use both in and out of the vehicle via the Mini app. It displays navigational information, speed limits and other travel data.

The Ford S-max system uses ford Sync with MyFord touch to offer wireless access as it allows car-to-car communication and a seat that monitors the driver’s heart rate. In the event an emergency, it notifies response services and navigates the driver to safety. Besides keeping track of the heart rate, it monitors the glucose levels  using sensors and transmitters. Also, in recent developments, BMW, Nissan, and Mercedes have come up with specialized applications that measure speed, fuel efficiency and the driver’s level of fatigue.

The vehicle industry is already influenced by wearable technology and other connected smart IoT devices. With the rapid growth being witnessed, the future of wearables entails a vehicle that can keep track of its user’s daily activities and follow the routine with minimal human intervention. For example, cars will be making smart decisions regarding time spent in stores or office, and then self-driving to the owner’s location when they are ready to leave.

Indeed, wearable technology illuminates a horizon of value-added services and ease of living, ushering everyone faster towards the ultimate age of the Internet of Things.