Connected car

Vodafone to buy automotive M2M player, expand DoCoMo collaboration

UK headquartered operator Vodafone has revealed its intention to acquire Italian security and telematics solutions provide Cobra Automotive Technologies as it looks to beef up its M2M play. The deal comes on the heels of a joint announcement from Vodafone and Japanese incumbent NTT DoCoMo outlining the extension of their collaborative efforts to enterprise-focused M2M service delivery.

EE LTE sign-ups overtake 3G

UK LTE leader EE has revealed that 4G subscriber sign-ups overtook 3G subscriptions during this month. The firm now has 3.6 million LTE customers and CEO Olaf Swantee, who announced the landmark “tipping point” at a media briefing Wednesday, forecast that the number will grow to six million by the end of this year.

Volvo joins pilot project using cloud platform to aggregate road condition data

Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) are initiating a pilot project that will send road condition information from individual vehicles to a cloud-based system to improve public safety, the organisations said Wednesday.

Vodafone signs connected car deals with VW and Audi

As the movement for operators to provide in-car connectivity continues to gain momentum, operator group Vodafone has announced a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles, starting with new Audi models from 2015.

Sprint targets insurance sector with connected car offering

US operator Sprint has launched a connected car offering for automotive insurance companies. The IMS UBI Intelligence tool offers insurers a way to accurately determine a driver’s policy premium based on their driving behaviour.

Jasper puts cloud in the car

M2M specialist Jasper Wireless this week unveiled a cloud-based platform targeting the automotive OEM sector, helping car companies implement and enhance the connected car experience.

IBM, AT&T partner on Internet of Things to make cities smarter

Enterprise IT giant IBM and US carrier AT&T announced a partnership Wednesday that will see the two companies co-develop cloud and analytics solutions that ingest data from M2M sensors embedded in civil and energy infrastructure in cities. The companies said they will combine analytics, cloud and security technologies in a bid to capitalise on the burgeoning Internet of Things movement.

USA looks to mandate connected car technology

The United States could soon make M2M connectivity in new vehicles mandatory, following research undertaken by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Volvo inks agreement with Pandora for connected car radio

Following on from the launch of an updated cloud-based connected car platform for its vehicles, Volvo this week inked a content agreement with online music service Pandora that will see internet radio streamed to select vehicles starting in May this year.

Modular connected car platform unveiled by AT&T

US operator AT&T is pitching a modular connected car platform packaging connectivity, billing, data analytics and infotainment to car makers and developers to create their own customised offerings.

Connected Car: mobile operators must innovate to ensure OEMs profit

The connected car represents a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie. James Dawson, senior director for market development in connected cars at Jasper Wireless argues that MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward.

AT&T opens two innovation centres

US operator AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development of technologies and applications that will drive AT&T’s growth in the future.

Vodafone teams with Towers Watson on M2M usage-based insurance

Operator group Vodafone has struck a deal with US business risk management services firm Towers Watson to introduce telematics/usage-based insurance services to the operator’s connected car offering. The service will be offered to motor insurance companies operating outside of North America.

“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

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