The Car – Just Another Thing in the Internet of Things?
As long as your car is parked, it can be considered as just another thing in the Internet of things. It can provide sensor data like GPS position, temperature, or fuel state, just like a home automation device or smartphone, and can eventually be activated from a smartphone.
For the time the user spends inside the car, it becomes THE command central for interconnected use cases to access data or services in the cloud or the smart home, and replaces the smartphone as a central access point.
As far as we know, there is no one single car-centric killer application that justifies connecting cars with garden watering devices. The interesting use cases stem from aggregation of a multitude of different devices and services (including the car), and require a stable semantic communication infrastructure between devices that do not necessarily know each other.
Because of this diversity, it is crucial not to bet on one global player that controls the market, but to invest into a stable ecosystem where most of the big players from different industries work together on standards to make the vision of real interconnected things come true. The role of the car vendor is to integrate his products in this interconnected world.