In Reply to: I see... some thoughts. (more) posted by Lorenz on October 24, 1999 at 22:02:44:
Yeah, I realize that networks aren't just the 'net. I guess you could take the link-up as far as the NAV system is concerned even further- instead of DVD's or CD's or hard disks that need continual reprogramming, you could have a small HD, and have it continually being updated through the link-up, so where ever you are, you always have current and accurate information about what ever's there.
: Hi Rohith,
: I see your point, and agree with some points:
: 1) Network connections should be "always-on", like xDSL or cable modems provide today. Both of these technologies are being widely deployed, but it takes huge investments (we're talking billions of dollars) to make it happen. It will happen eventually -- it's currently faster in areas where there is competition, i.e. the cable company is offering cable modem service, and the phone company is offering xDSL...
: 2) We don't need any more distractions in our cars, that's for sure. So a web browser displayed in a heads-up display on the windshield would probably not be such a great idea. On the other hand, that's not all that you can do with a network connection. For example, imagine that your GPS nav system (they will be standard in cars eventually, as radios pretty much are already) could be updated with the latest info on construction sites, accidents, traffic jams, etc. and optimize your route accordingly. That's another application of networking technology that I think would improve everybody's driving experience...
: Networking technology is not limited to "The Internet", although that is obviously the application with the highest profile these days. Every time you pick up your phone, every time you use an ATM, you're using a network behind the scenes...
: Just some things to think about... :)