BUSINESS: Research + Stats The Demand for Connected Tech in Vehicles Is Growing in the U.S. By Staff Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:44 AM The number of connected vehicles on the roads continues to grow. A recent report by CUJO AI found that car companies are making connection technology a standard feature on most vehicles, allowing consumers to connect to their phones and other electronic devices with ease. Consumer demand has pushed automakers to continue to expand their offerings of paired technology services. This includes services like being able to adjust residence temperature before arriving home. The most connected cars in 2021-2022 are Tesla at 32 percent, Ford at 31 percent, Atoto at 11 percent and Chevrolet and Honda each at 7 percent. The report found that Tesla remains the leader in connectivity by December 2021, when sales of Tesla made up to close to half of all new connected cars going online for the first time.New levels of connectivity have also opened up questions about security. Zoltan Balazs, the Head of CUJO AI’s Vulnerability Research Lab, said that smart cars have new seemingly secure features (such as remote blocking) which have inherent risks: “Like any other connected system, such things can be hacked and abused by malicious actors.”This trend expands on the connected device trend which has seen more home electronics become pairable with the most popular being wireless audio devices at 13 percent, thermostats at 11 percent and e-readers at 10 percent.Companies continue to find new ways to adapt connectability to their products. Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Google and LG now lead the industry in offering branded devices with pairable options. It’s believed the global connected car market is projected to reach $56.3 billion by 2026 from an estimated $23.6 billion in 2021 according to Markets and Markets.This has forced countries like the U.S. to upgrade their infrastructure in partnership with global telecommunication and AI leaders. The EU and South Korea have signed a deal to work together on 5G development, including $782 million and $1.5 billion, respectively, in funding for local 5G projects.