US operator AT&T plans to develop an in-vehicle video service as part of its connected car offering, following on from the opening of a connected car centre in Atlanta, the AT&T Drive Studio in January.
Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have announced a connected cars joint venture to be established in China at the beginning of next year. The initiative is targeted at the automotive industry and aims to enable the provision of 4G-based vehicle information services to ‘connected’ drivers.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica. The deal sees the operator provide in-car connectivity for Tesla’s Model S across several European nations.
iPhone maker Apple is eyeing the connected car market with the announcement of Apple CarPlay, which will be available on select new cars in 2014 and the firm claims it will be a smarter and safer way for consumers to use their iPhone in the car.
Automotive manufacturer Ford rolled out an updated version of its Focus model this week in Barcelona, showcasing advanced drive assist and mobile connectivity features.
Operator group Orange has embarked on a research project with French car manufacturer Renault to test uses of LTE technology in connected cars.
Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan announced Thursday that it has begun rolling out its NissanConnect Apps service globally, a connected car platform based on Airbiquity’s smartphone app integration tools and its private cloud solution.
With between 60 and 70 per cent of vehicle recalls in North America and Europe due to software glitches, research suggests that over the air (OTA) software updates to wireless-capable cars could be a game changer for the automotive industry.
US carrier AT&T has opened an innovation centre in Atlanta designed to be a launch pad for new ideas and companies with a focus on the digital life and connected car sectors.
Advances in driver assistance and automation mean that some 2014 car models will offer semi-autonomous driving. Researchers looking into this sector forecast this week that as a result of these developments, autonomous vehicles will gradually gain traction in the market over the coming two decades and by 2035, sales of autonomous vehicles will reach 95.4 million annually, representing 75 per cent of all light-duty vehicle sales.
Troubled Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) is maintaining its relevance in the industry through QNX, the software subsidiary it bought in 2010, by focusing on connected cars.
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Connected cars are fast becoming the topic that has the telecoms industry’s tongues wagging excitedly. This year, Ford’s chairman gave a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress, RIM showcased a connected Porsche at its BlackBerry World 2012 event, and Google secured the first ever self-driving car licence in the US. And as the connected car market continues to evolve, mobile operators are finding that they have a key part to play in the ecosystem, and are having to invest time and resources to ensure they are not overlooked as the connected car market matures.
Automotive firm Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford outlined a plan for connected cars to help avoid a potential future of crippling congestion at Mobile World Congress this week. Ford told delegates at the show that the number of cars on the world’s roads is forecast to grow from one billion now to up to four billion by 2050. And he proposed that one way of avoiding the potentially global problem of overcrowded roads is to create a global transportation network that utilises communication between vehicles, transport infrastructure and individual mobile devices.