eWEEKchat July 9 Tackles 'Trends in Transportation IT'

Connected cars are already here and driverless vehicles aren't far away from daily reality. How does this affect you, your family and your work?

eWeek chat

On Wednesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 22nd eWEEKChat event. The topic will be "Trends in Transportation IT: Connected Vehicles, Safer Travel." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Trends in Transportation IT: Connected Vehicles, Safer Travel"
Date/time: July 9, 2014 @11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We recommend two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/


The combination of electronics and personal vehicles has come a long, long way from the first remote-control car alarms and those bulky installed mobile telephones a few decades ago.

With each passing model year, our motor vehicles become more connected to the Internet, to outside services and to each other. All the major manufacturers now have some sort of IT strategy, even if it's only as simple as an embedded GPS on the dashboard.

The auto IT market is such a huge one that most major carmakers are establishing development labs in Silicon Valley to attract the best developers and architects they can.

Software development for motor vehicles has become a great deal more sophisticated over the last decade. Specific application platforms for use in cars, trucks and motorcycles are coming to the fore⎯there's even a new automotive-grade Linux available for software development.

Google has been building and testing its driverless autos for five years and the sight of one rolling down a street or freeway in Silicon Valley isn't all that unusual anymore. It's entirely possible that these may be commonplace within the next 10 years.

Talking points in the July 9 eWEEKchat will include the following:

Q1: Are connected cars generally too distracting for the vast majority of drivers⎯especially young ones⎯ to handle?

Q2: What is your take on driverless cars and would you be an early mover for one of those?

Q3: If you could design your own connected car, what would it include?

Q4: Does your company develop software platforms or apps for connected vehicles? If so, please describe.

Q5: What other sectors of IT stand to be recharged by such a renaissance in the motor vehicle industry?

Q6: Which companies in the IT sector do you see as potential winners in the automotive market, and why?

Join us Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern. You are sure to learn something new.