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Closing the gaps

A car is not a smartphone on wheels – yet

How much can a car be regarded as a smartphone on wheels? We explore where vehicles fall short of the smartphone model, and what can be done about it.

As software become increasingly central to the design of new vehicles, the analogy between intelligent vehicles and smartphones often comes up. This report looks at the remaining gaps between intelligent vehicles and smartphones from three perspectives:

  • Usability and customer experience
  • Application landscape and operating system
  • Innovation and updatability

In the near future, commercial vehicles will do more than close these gaps – they will begin to exceed the role of a smartphone in digital life. As a co-driver, virtual workplace, a concerige and much more, our cars are set to take on new roles.


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Closing the gaps: A car is not a smartphone on wheels – yet

For this, the third of our Connected Vehicle Trend Radar reports, Capgemini Invent investigated how far a car can be regarded as a smartphone on wheels, where vehicles fall short of the smartphone model and…

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Sebastian Tschödrich

Vice President of CSS at Invent Germany
I have been working in automotive consulting for 14 years, with experience in Europe and China. Currently based in Munich, I am responsible for the global automotive consulting business and part of the global leadership team at Capgemini Invent.

Dr. Marc Cäsar

Director – Automotive, Capgemini Invent

Michael Röller

Senior Manager- Automotive, Capgemini Invent

Tanja Koller

Manager – Automotive, Capgemini Invent

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Consultant – Automotive, Capgemini Invent