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What Advanced Tech Will Dominate Your Car By 2025? IBM Knows

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The 'Following Mode' icon is lit on the dashboard of an Acura RLX sedan being towed by another car with Honda virtual tow technology, which creates a wireless link between the two cars.

IBM interviewed 175 executives at automakers, suppliers, and other businesses in 21 countries about what they expect the cars of 2025 to be able to do.

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An IBM study on the future of automotive technologies found self-healing cars featuring social networking communications capabilities and connections to the Internet of Things are the wave of the future.

IBM interviewed 175 executives at automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and other businesses in 21 countries about what they expect the cars of 2025 to be able do.

"By 2025, the industry will not only recreate our highly personalized and digitized lives inside our cars, but also give consumers a bigger role in defining that experience, whether as a driver or passenger," says IBM's Alexander Scheidt.

Some of the study's more interesting findings include the belief of 57 percent of respondents that vehicle "social networks" will be in place by 2025 to enable vehicles to communicate a variety of information with each other that, for example, could help a vehicle diagnose a problem it is having. Nearly 75 percent expect vehicles to be able to learn the behaviors of their driver and occupants to better customize themselves and the information they provide to passengers. However, only 8 percent said fully autonomous vehicles would be common place by 2025. By contrast, 85 percent believed partially automated features would be common place and 55 percent said highly automated driving will be common by 2025.

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