For the past few years, connected cars have been a big deal at the annual CES show in Las Vegas and it looks like it could be the tip of the iceberg.
Two years ago, General Motors made a big deal at the show with its in-car networking, apps in the dash and commerce on the go.
Last year, the theme continued, with even more car connectivity being shown by different automakers.
And now comes a bit of research indicating that connected car numbers are starting to scale.
More than 40 million U.S. vehicles will be connected to the Internet by the end of this year, according to Parks Associates.
And it looks like that’s just the start, with the number climbing steadily for the next two years. In their next car, the majority (64%) of car owners in broadband households would like built-in support for at least one connected activity in their next car.
The majority of car connections today are done via smartphones, which is being transformed over time.
This means that services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be pre-installed in more new cars. Many of those types of services will be on full display at CES next week.
Here are the top specific in-car capabilities car owners with smartphones say they want, in order:
The research firm also identified the top five trends for connected cars next year:
While smartphones have been the short-term connecting device for cars, it looks like the car itself will become its own hub on The Internet of Things.