One day, your house could be outfitted with more than 1,000 Internet of Things (IoT) sensors all around your home. In fact, within five years the devices could include 1 million new sensors, according to a recent study by Boston Consulting Group. These sensors could analyze your food, lighting, air quality, you drinking habits, how you interact with the outside world. In five years, nearly everything around you could be connected to the Internet and connected for sensing and tracking purposes, everything from your parking spot to your temperature.

Your car could become your dashboard

This type of item-tracking could work for the home too, said Colette Gans, Managing Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). And it may not just be sensors for personal items. “Imagine,” she said, “it is someone’s car — your dashboard of your car.”

In fact, cars could be the place where “things come together,” said Gans, thanks to the advances in machine learning. “What we’re already witnessing with these vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications is you’re really driving the Internet and the vehicle-to-infrastructure relationship.”

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The connected vehicles of tomorrow will be “focusing on home assistants,” said Gans. You can start your car in your office and still be on a conference call or take a nap at your desk. “You can stay connected and be productive.” You can also answer calls or switch between talking to someone in the car and in the office.

Could it happen? Gans and others involved in building these Internet of Things worlds predict it will, within the next 10 years. The way it is now is just building the infrastructure so that there are things like sensors to check what you eat and drink.

“What’s going to happen 10 years from now is people are going to interact with these devices — whether it’s a drinking machine, whether it’s a thermostat, whether it’s something in your home — it’s really going to be able to pick up the things they care about, know about you, and can provide more personalized, personalized experiences,” said Gans.

“This is really where everything will really come together,” she said. “And that’s where people are going to realize what’s possible in the internet of things.”