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The connected car era has arrived

January 31, 2014
In a smartphone-centric world, automakers aren’t just selling cars anymore; they’re playing an integral role in shaping the "connected world" future. Cars themselves are becoming mobile hotspots that link the vehicle to the home and to the outside world. In-car connectivity applications now allow a vehicle to interact with other aspects of an owner’s life.
Many of today’s cars have features that go beyond hands-free calling, as some are able to read text messages aloud and access owners’ social media accounts. Moreover, car connectivity is becoming a two-way street, as vehicles now also are able to send pertinent information back to their owners via their smartphones.
Recognizing this growing trend, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association — producer of the Chicago Auto Show — has partnered with Connected World magazine to present the Connected World Conference at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
An established exposition for the past three years, the Connected World Conference has successfully coupled connected technology providers, app developers and industry experts. Bringing this conference to the Chicago Auto Show adds a public element that hasn’t been tapped in previous technology conferences.
The Connected World Conference examines the convergence of the automobile with today’s new communications and infotainment technologies. The Connected World Conference will be in a 20,000 square-foot pavilion on the show floor.
The Connected World Conference will showcase technologies, products and services developed to enhance the in-car experience. App developers, device makers, software companies, and product and car manufacturers collectively will provide 10 days of programming during the show. The Connected Car of the Year award winners will be announced Feb. 6 during the show’s Media Preview.
The Connected World Conference will feature multiple exhibits that provide a tour of the technologies coalescing around the connected car. These exhibits include connected energy, connected healthcare/fitness, and a special start-up zone for innovators seeking funding.
Advanced programming includes presentations on connecting the car to the house, to physicians, to other vehicles, and to our health and fitness.