Here's an analogy using a concept that we can all relate to: a supermarket. Picture the scene: Shopping list in one hand, shopping basket in the other, you're ready to tackle your weekly shopping in your local supermarket. Your items range from fruit and vegetables to washing detergent, perhaps with some free-range eggs thrown in for good measure. Quite the eclectic mix, but you know that you'll be able to find all you need under one roof. The fact that this is possible is in itself quite remarkable.
The age of Knight Rider is upon us. As the Internet of Things (IoT) revs up the automotive industry, connected cars are becoming "devices on wheels" with in-vehicle systems connected to the Internet. At the same time, car manufacturers and software companies are redoubling their efforts to bring automated cars into widespread use. For example, Volvo announced a partnership with Microsoft to develop driverless cars for the consumer market. IoT not only will bring in new vehicle technologies, but also will completely revolutionize the car industry.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. As I look ahead at where market and technology is headed for 2017 and beyond, I am excited about several trends. The key theme across them is one of interconnection.