Bluetooth will network millions of vehicles in the future

Author: Christiane Köllner

Great potential for Bluetooth in the automotive industry: A current market forecast assumes sales of 109 million Bluetooth-capable devices for automotive applications in 2024.

In 2024, 109 million new Bluetooth systems for vehicles are to be delivered. This is predicted by market researchers from ABI Research in cooperation with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This corresponds approximately to the worldwide annual vehicle production. According to the market researchers, 87 percent of all newly delivered vehicles will then have a Bluetooth connection as standard. ABI expects that by 2024 two thirds of all vehicles on the road (passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles) will be equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Bluetooth enables intelligent radio networking, which should improve both the level of safety on the roads and the comfort in the vehicle. Forecasts assume four to six Bluetooth-capable sensors in every future car. Four application scenarios in particular are at stake here:

A new Bluetooth extension will turn the smartphone into a car key: For example, it will be possible to open and unlock only certain doors. Bluetooth enables various other functions, such as distance detection for automatic locking and unlocking of vehicles, individual seat positioning depending on the driver and transmission of virtual keys to other drivers. ABI estimates that by 2024, approximately 13 million Bluetooth-enabled car keys and accessories will be sold per year, an increase of about 60 percent over today.

Bluetooth-based infotainment systems that are linked to smartphones and stream music, make calls and control applications without drivers having to worry about them manually.

Wireless sensor networks transmit diagnostic information and alerts in real time via Bluetooth.

Special wearables for the driver perform various safety-relevant tasks, such as measuring blood pressure and heart rate in case of pre-existing conditions. They detect signs of sleep or fatigue and trigger a warning.

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The market analysts at the Bluetooth SIG assume that in future, four to six Bluetooth-capable sensors will be installed in every new car.
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