Increasing use of connected cars in the US will reduce transport costs by billions of dollars by 2025, new research claims.

The “Connected Car Effect 2025” study by Bosch and the consulting firm Prognos found that safety systems and cloud-based functions will be available in up to 90% of all vehicles by 2025, with sensor-based automatic emergency braking and lane assists in up to 40% of the car fleet.

Systems for more comfort and connectivity will also be found in the majority of cars; in 2025, smartphones will be integrated into approximately half of vehicle infotainment systems.

Sensors will report upcoming sections of icy road, cameras will collect data on speed restrictions and fog, functions such as internet-based parking solutions and wrong-way driver warnings in virtually real-time will be in widespread use.

As a result, the study reckons the US will see 210,000 fewer accidents, with some 290,000 fewer people being injured.

In addition, highly automated driving and simultaneous internet connection will free up around 80% of the time spent behind the wheel to be used for something other than driving, for example reading, emails, video conferencing, or watching films.

As a result, high mileage drivers could benefit from 95 extra hours of productivity a year that would otherwise be spent controlling the car.