CNET's CES 2015 Connected Car Panel: How 4G is driving the future of driving

CNET's 4G And The Connected Car panel is making its debut at the International CES 2015. Join us for industry leaders talking about what's in store for the next generation connected cars.

Tim Stevens Former editor at large for CNET Cars
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
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Connected cars are more common than you think, these days. Whether through an integrated modem buried beneath the dash or a wireless link to a smartphone, an awful lot of the cars on dealership lots these days have some form of connectivity. But, that's just the beginning.

Those integrated connections are getting faster, and it won't be long before 4G LTE in the car is standard fare. Cars as rolling Wi-Fi hotspots? Sure, but that's just the beginning. How about a video feed from your car's security system sent to your phone if the alarm gets triggered? High-quality music streaming directly to the dashboard would be a natural fit, as would instant updates to traffic and maybe even streaming video for your passengers in the back seat.

There are plenty of exciting opportunities once your car gets a high-speed connection to the cloud, and plenty of very encouraging opportunities when cars start talking directly to each other. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications could warn you of everything from ice on the road to fog in the air instantly, and enhanced accident-avoidance enabled by these sorts of systems will absolutely save lives.

But when? How long is it going to take to get this kind of technology, and how much are we going to have to pay for it? Join our panel of industry experts at 1:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 7, as we discuss driving in a connected future.

Don Butler

Don Butler -- Executive Directory, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company

Timothy R. Nixon -- Chief Technology Officer, General Motors Global Connected Computer Experience
Jeff Klei -- President, Continental North America

Tom Gebhardt -- President and COO, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

I hope that you'll join us for the standing-room-only session at 1:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 7, in North Hall, Room 253, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.