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How Interconnectivity and The Internet of Things Will Change Your Transmission Business

Posted by on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

In your garage, you may be more familiar with Murphy’s Law- that which can go wrong, will go wrong- than with Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law states, essentially, that every two years the processing power of computers will double. Even if you hadn’t heard of this, you know it, intuitively- we’ve all seen the insane leaps in technology over the last few decades, with science-fiction springing to life, and even quickly being outdated.

And if you’ve been paying attention at all, you’ve seen it come to cars. Cars have been relying on on-board computers for years now, so this is nothing new. Your shop has learned to deal with, and even excel in, the computer age. But now it is time to get ahead of the curve. The next big thing is the oddly, and seemingly silly-named, Internet of Things. The IoT is, essentially, where everything is connected to the internet, from the clothes you wear to your toaster, all working together to make life easier. And you better believe it is coming to cars. If your shop can master this trend before it becomes commonplace, you can get ahead of the game and keep your business running into the far future.

Driverless car

Are you ready for driverless cars?

Internet of Everything

First we need to understand just what this Internet of Things really is. I mentioned that everything was connected to the internet, but that sort of underplays its importance. In being connected to the internet, everything is, in theory, connected to everything else. Your bed can tell the coffee maker when you get up so it can start brewing, and the thermometer outside alerts the shower that we might need it extra-hot today. These are somewhat banal examples, of course- this kind of immediate connectivity can help first responders identify which room they need to go in before they even get there, immediately getting a map of the house, or can help doctors understand exactly what is going on, with supply chains alerted instantly so they have everything the need at the moment they need it. But the bed/shower example is more appropriate for everyday life, as you spend every day there (presumably).

The other place we spend a lot of our time is our cars. And it is here that the IoT and its attendant connectivity will probably have the most impact on our daily lives. Already, cars are becoming more and more connected, interacting with other automobiles on the road to enhance safety. These are more than just sensors (though advanced sensors play a huge role): they are ways for cars to talk to each other to let them know where they are, obviating human error. This has already greatly enhanced road safety for cars equipped with this.

There are those that think self-driving cars are already on the way, allowing mobile tech and the Internet of Things to create a fully automated driving experience. As car fans, many of us will instinctively rebel against this, and take comfort in the fact that the politics alone make regulated mandatory automatic-driving roadways a thing of the distant future, at best. But it seems increasingly likely that driverless cars, or as near as possible, will be a part of the everyday experience, if not necessarily for everyone. How can your shop prepare for that?

Get in the grid

One thing about driverless cars is that people will feel less connected to them, and less able to tell when something is going wrong. In fact, they may think that nothing can go wrong anymore. But it is still a car, with a transmission. Even if it is driven optimally, as one assumes the algorithm will demand, cars break down and need maintenance.  You can position your shop to be in the grid, a place that can help customers detect when their car will need service, or the cars themselves will come to you. Companies that are proactive in this field will be rewarded by the companies, like Google, that are at the forefront of driverless technology.

Don’t be inherently against it

We’re all a little leery, even dismissive, of driverless cars. There are a lot in our profession who still sneer at automatic transmission, much less automatic everything. And while that is fine on a personal level, too often our prejudices hurt us on a professional one: we ignore what we don’t like. And we can’t do that. Consumers will be curious, and the curious can become customers. Take it upon yourself to learn everything you can, so that you can be a go-to source for people with questions about the future of driving. That’s the best way to position your business for whatever changes are coming, self-driven or not, down the road.

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