Connected Car Unit ShipmentBIIMobile is no longer restricted to the confines of our pockets.

With the introduction of the iPad in 2010, tablets became a new front in mobile computing and app-focused Internet usage.

Now that the floodgates are open, developers, manufacturers, and platform operators are trying to find devices that will channel the next wave of mobile usage and innovation.

One line of thinking looks to wearable tech, such as Internet-connected watches and eyewear, as the natural progression of mobile technology.

But computing platforms — including mobile operating systems — are also becoming ubiquitous in consumer electronics and appliances, such as Android-powered refrigerators, washers, and dryers. This move toward connectivity across all sorts of objects overlaps with two other buzzed-about trends: the Internet of things, and the machine-to-machine (M2) market.

But perhaps the greatest potential for mobile platforms and services is not in household appliances, but in cars. To state the obvious: Cars are inherently mobile.

Additionally, many of the activities people do in their cars — listen to music, look up directions — mesh nicely with popular activities on mobile.

Finally, Americans spend an extraordinary amount of time in their cars. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Americans spend an average of 1.2 hours a day traveling between locations. Not all Americans own cars, but even if we assume conservatively that half of that commuting time is spent in a car, that works out to 219 hours annually in a car

Another survey found that American commuters spend an average of 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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