Cars are one of the most exciting areas of Internet innovation in 2012, with companies such as Volkswagen, Ford and Mercedes all racing to add network technologies into their cars. Up till now, that’s mostly been about integrating social services like Pandora and even Facebook into the car’s dashboard. The next step in the evolution of connected cars is much more important: making cars intelligent.
For the Volkswagen Group, Audi is the lead brand for these developments. Today I saw an Audi A8 with a beta automated driving technology called “Urban Intelligent Assist.” This isn’t yet in production, but it’s a sign of what’s to come.