Automotive Communications: What Are The Options?

We’re used to being in a world where we’re always connected. Whether it’s through our computers or our smartphones, the rest of the world is just a few clicks away.

When we’re driving, we obviously can’t use our mobile devices, so automakers have developed a range of communication tools to ensure we can still get hold of people even while we’re in our cars.

Marketwatch recently revealed that the automotive communication sector is expected to post a compound annual growth rate of 16 per cent in the years to 2024. One of the factors driving its growth is increased driver awareness over safety.

Most of the in-car communication systems involve either a standard mobile signal or Bluetooth connection. Many new vehicles come equipped with in-car, user-friendly infotainment systems. These enable you to connect your smartphone to the vehicle’s system and thereby answer calls using voice commands.

But what about if you don’t have the latest vehicle, or if you tend to be driving in areas where mobile phone signal is patchy at best?

In these cases, it could be wise to invest in a CB radio. In the UK, the law allows you to use a CB radio while driving, provided that it doesn’t double up as a mobile phone. This can give you a vital communication link if you’re in an area with no phone signal and need to contact someone quickly.

Just make sure you do your research on how to set up your CB radio system and how to use it so that it’s ready should you need it when you’re out on the trails.

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