Some indicators for maturing of any upcoming technology include consolidations, JVs, mergers and probably movement of top notch executives within the industry. Going by this, recent shift of Sajjad Khan from BMW to Mercedes should be seen in this light and not beyond that. May be as a rather new event in the automotive telematics domain it has caught the attention.
In this era of connected cars, the autonomous cars can navigate difficult routes by using data gathered from onboard sensors and cross-reference this information with high-definition maps that can be downloaded once a route has been determined. cars with an Internet connection opens the door to real-time traffic navigation, intelligent fleet management, car-sharing and autonomous driving.
BMW’s Connected Drive system can be used to go online and check timetables of public transport systems to see if a driver would get to his destination faster by switching to a train or underground
.Before joining Daimler in March this year, Khan had previously also worked for DaimlerChrysler in 2001, working in the field of infotainment and materials purchasing, before moving to Magna in 2007 and BMW Group in 2011. Khan was earlier vice president at BMW, responsible for developing more “intelligent” cars with an Internet connection, which opens the door to real-time traffic navigation, intelligent fleet management, car-sharing and autonomous driving.
Source: Economic Times