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IDG Contributor Network: Cars and the IoT: The lane lines are blurring

We’re in the booming era of the internet of things — things are changing, and changing fast. IoT is touching almost everything in both the commercial and consumer worlds.

In parallel, the automotive industry is going through a major rebirth, in some cases kicking and screaming. Where the automakers (in their parlance, OEMs) have had over 100 years of self-centricity — and not having to deal with “ecosystems” other than their respective galaxies of suppliers and dealers — they’re now grappling with a sea of change being caused by, well, the IoT.

Some are already calling it the internet of moving things. And why not? We now have mavericks like Tesla bringing up highly sensor-laden, over-the-air-updating electric supermobiles that make the majority of land vehicles look like luddites. Every OEM, components supplier, and others in the automotive realm, are scrambling to find not only their place in this new world, but to posit their future relevance. 

So here’s the issue

I talk to a lot of people about all of this.

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