Smartphones will play a “pivotal role” in the uptake of Internet-connected cars, of which there are forecast to be 92 million on the roads by 2016 according to Juniper Research. The technology will allow smartphones to become hubs which cars will use to access the Internet, apps and other content.  The integration of smartphones will become almost standard for new cars as new protocols such as the Connected Car Consortium’s MirrorLink are accepted and regulatory initiatives such as the European eCall driver safety project take effect.