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Data traffic issues possible with rising number of connected cars

There is growing concern that connected cars could cause mayhem
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: May 21, 2015 5:07 pm

As more connected cars hit the open roads, there could be increased data competition for vehicles, smartphones, tablets and other connected tech in vehicles, according to reports. Over the next 10 years, machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will increase from 250 million in 2014 up to a whopping 2.3 billion by 2024, according to Machina Research, the M2M data communications research firm.




"In terms of overall data volumes, connected cars don't present much of a problem," said Matt Hatton, founder and CEO of Machina, in a statement to Reuters. "But network resource management is not based on total traffic volume - it's based on particular cell sites during peak times of network use."


Growing numbers of vehicles utilize a wireless network already, and that number will be around 20 percent by 2020, according to the Gartner research group. Cellular data demand during high volumes of traffic is expected, and will be difficult to deal with - as the infrastructure continues to develop down the road.


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