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BLOG: Your car could have an Internet address soon!

Yves Poppe | Aug. 27, 2012
Cars already have unique identifiers referred to as VIN, or vehicle identification number. A logical approach would be to map the VIN into an IPv6 address.

While the world is more familiar with IPv4, the supply of such addresses has already run out for many geographies. Car manufacturers need to put IPv6-enabled cars on the road and invest in IPv6-enabled hardware and networks for the back-end from the start. Packets transmitted in IPv4 or IPv6 formats may be transparent to the end-user, but it is critical for back-end communications.

Of course, there are challenges ahead; but as long as new technologies are adopted to meet ever evolving and growing customer expectations, solutions will be developed. It is certainly exciting times ahead and the possibilities are truly endless.

Yves Poppe is director, Business Development IP Strategy at Tata Communications. 


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