Before exploring Telematics further, it is important, however, to understand it's impact on other vehicle subsystems.
Today, Powertrain systems are driven by emission control and performance criteria. Chassis systems provide for a more comfortable and safe ride. Going forward, the fundamental mission of these subsystems will be performed by more efficient and effective electronics with increased inter-communication, and with access to the outside world…for instance…engine data will be remotely adjusted, ensuring that cars are within the guidelines for emission control, fuel efficiency, and performance.
The Interior of the car will be personalized to the occupants and dedicated to informing the driver, entertaining the passengers, and providing a comfortable and compelling driving experience for all. Future electronics and sensor systems will be aware of the vehicle's situation, understand the cognitive load being placed on the driver, and manage the flow of information to the driver in a manner that optimizes his or her ability to operate the vehicle.
The occupants will also be able to access the types of content and services that they enjoy in other environments like the home and office. The exact feature-function-content mix of these services will evolve over time, but the technology will allow open computing platforms to be placed in the vehicles that will allow future services to be brought to the automobile and their owners, all consistent with the branding image of a particular manufacturer.