Covisint brings connected car, version 1964, to auto show

December 07, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The connected car has yet to come? Wrong, says software company Covisint which is active in the field of automotive networking and identity management, among others: The connected car has been reality for a long time, the company says. At least since James Bond in the movie "Goldfinger" had a vehicle at his disposal which was equipped with futuristic connectivity items. For this reason, Covisint will bring this car to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, which will take place from January 14 to 18, 2013.

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as agent 007 in "Goldfinger" was equipped with radio telephone and a kind of navigation system - back in 1964 these things were something that really amazed the spectators. Since they turned the vehicle into the With the spiffy speedster at the Auto Show, Covisint intends to highlight future automotive connectivity topics such as car-to-x communications and internet connectivity.

The company quotes a study from Juniper Research which predicts that already in 2016 more than 90 percent of the vehicles out there on the roads will be connected to the internet in some way. Covisint believes that smartphones will play a pivotal role in this trend. OEMs now are connecting to Covisint to make the vehicles and their connection to the outer world as safe and secure as it should be. The Covisint concept provides for a so called CyberLocation as a safe drop-in point for customers. At the CyberLocation, relevant vehicle information is stored, enabling car owners to access these data via a broad range of terminals and to transmit instructions to the car - for instance the doors can be locked or unlocked or - for cases of theft - the fuel supply can be interrupted. Carmakers get the option to access service data of the vehicles across the entire customer base.

At the auto show in Detroit, the original movie vehicle will be demonstrated along with many of its gimmicks. One of them was an ejector seat for the passenger. Covisint declined that this feature also will be demoed live.