The Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration (AMI-C) has announced it will adopt the MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transfer) high-speed network fiber-optic bus in the next few months. AMI-C group includes BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen. Some members believe a second bus, perhaps the IEEE 1394 “FireWire,” will also be endorsed. A bus standard is critical because it allows designers to build into vehicles the potential for future electronics in a design cycle that is frequently five years long.
In related story, a new Forrester study, “Cars Get Wired,” predicts that Telematics, or mobile services for vehicles, are five years away from commonplace status in the US. Before then, however, the study says safety and entertainment features will be added to automobiles, to be followed by navigation systems and Net connections. Among the issues the study focuses on are the regulatory threats to connected cars based on fear of driver distraction, and the need for the development of sophisticated speech recognition for hands-free control. The study also points to privacy issues based on the possibility of gathering enormous amounts of data generated by wired cars about their drivers.