What applications can you use in a connected car today? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson actually said his company thinks about the connected car as "a big smartphone on wheels."
FierceWireless canvassed a wide range of players in the connected car market--from carriers to carmakers, components suppliers and analysts--to find the most popular current uses cases and applications for the connected car as well as what will be coming down the pike in the next few years. Special report.
Broadcom has adapted its latest 802.11ac chipsets to fit the growing demand for automotive connectivity. The company introduced the BCM89335 combo chip, also called "5G Wi-Fi," that combines 802.11ac with Bluetooth Smart technology to allow vehicles to connect to smartphones and home networks and give drivers access to a bevy of new applications.
Ford is studying the way robots in space use multiple wireless network links to stay connected with mission control and hopes to use lessons learned for the next generation of connected cars.
AT&T will provide mobile connectivity to SiriusXM Radio, which intends to broaden its in-vehicle presence beyond satellite radio and into the provision of telematics, security and other services for Nissan automobiles in North America.
Sprint has tapped IBM to help it create the Sprint Velocity Service Bus, a communications architecture that will enable automotive OEMs to deliver customized in-vehicle infotainment, security and convenience features via the cloud.
More than 50 percent of new cars sold during 2015 will offer wireless connectivity either by embedded, tethered or smartphone integration, and that percentage will grow to include all or nearly all new cars sold in 2025, according to a report issued by the GSMA and conducted by research firm SBD.
Recent regulatory battles highlight the downside of hurried spectrum refarming, meaning the rush to enable cutting-edge wireless broadband services can cause interference issues if done shortsightedly, negatively impacting not only existing services but sometimes even the new ones.
Telefónica Spain and Generali Insurance launched a M2M car-tracking device with the aim of reducing the cost of insurance by monitoring driving habits.
Nokia joined Google Maps as the local search and navigation supplier to Toyota Europe. By early 2014 Toyota will integrate Nokia's vendor-neutral Here mapping platform into cars that the giant manufacturer delivers into Europe, Russia and the Middle East.