By 2017, more than 80 percent of new cars in the U.S. and Western Europe will include connected car features, according to a new report from ABI Research.

Globally, it forecasts the proportion of connected cars will increase from 11.4 percent in 2012 to 60.1 percent over the same five years.

The research determined two main concerns the industry needs to address, however. One is that consumers consider these features to be too expensive, and the other is that consumers don’t really know what’s available. (See the chart below for further details.)

ABI Research vice president and practice director Dominique Bonte said these findings indicate that connected car solutions need to be offered as standard, integrated and convenient features instead of their current positioning as expensive and/or complex accessories.

Related links:

ABI Research – Automotive Infotainment

ABI Research – Safety and Security Telemetrics

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