You don’t need to be an automotive enthusiast to be excited about the connected cars of the future. These vehicles are poised to be more like data centers-on-wheels than the people-movers we’ve grown accustomed to, complete with a wealth of interconnected technologies that can basically turn your car’s cockpit into an extension of your living room.
But while autonomous cars flush with integrated features may flood our streets in the years to come, most of us are still a long way off from driving cars that can predict our every want and need. Instead, we drive vehicles that often have their own integrated characteristics – Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, expansive infotainment systems, just to name a few – but on a much smaller scale than what’s been previewed on this season’s auto show circuit.
Even introducing some of the existing automotive technology that leverages connectivity can be a burden on drivers and their cars because of a host of limitations. Data, for instance, becomes an issue when your new entertainment system doesn’t have enough built-in storage to display your passenger’s favorite shows or movies. This often leads to drivers purchasing additional storage for the vehicle, which can drain on the car’s power management systems.
All of this is compounded when it comes to people trying to overhaul older or classic cars with the latest tech, since features like the ability to create a wireless hot spot leveraging the driver’s phone data need to be purchased and installed – a process that can quickly see its price tag balloon.
LINK, on the other hand, gives drivers the ability to essentially upgrade their cars using technology that passengers can carry with them. With up to 2 terabytes of superfast storage, passengers can upload their favorite content to LINK that they can then share with the vehicle’s infotainment system, allowing users to enjoy almost any show or movie they’d like regardless of where they are in their travels.
LINK also puts the Internet in each users’ hands, as it can create its own personal 4G/LTE hotspot. As a result, passengers can utilize connectivity no matter how old or outdated the vehicles they’re riding in may be.
Because LINK allows for development on almost any hardware or software protocol imaginable, it can sync up with a vast array of your car’s entertainment and control options, essentially giving your ride a permanent upgrade without having to physically alter it.
With up to 2TB of superfast on-device storage, LINK boasts greater storage capacity than your laptop, phone and tablet combined. Because it measures only two-inches tall, one-inch wide and weighs only three ounces, it’s physically the smallest accessory you can add to your car that packs the biggest punch.