The IT industry is laying the groundwork to add cars to corporate networks as driverless cars free up time for business people to work while travelling.
The annual production of autonomous vehicles, defined as cars that allow the driver to focus on tasks not associated with driving, are expected to total 14.5 million units by 2025, according to analyst firm Juniper Research. The total number of autonomous cars in circulation by that year is forecasted to total 22 million units.
Automakers are preparing for IT industry demands to allow drivers to access business networks as if they were at the office. This means dashboard consoles will likely offer high-speed data connections to networks for office productivity software, conferencing, customer relationship management (CRM), and other business applications.
A driver may review work and meeting schedules, take part in a conference call, review documents on a CMS server, or check an order status as if they were connected to a PC behind the company firewall. Flight itineraries and boarding passes could be downloaded while on the way to the airport.