Ford Motor Co. is hoping foster innov ation by opening a research center in Silicon Valley that is devoted to development for the connected car and autonomous car. The center, which will be based in Palo Alto, Calif., will focus on the convergence of the automobile and mobility.
M2M and the Internet of Things will create demand growth for mobile network connectivity, but revenue potential is mostly in the broader ecosystem implementing entire solutions and in providing holistic application services, such as in security monitoring and home automation. That might also be worth mobile operators pursuing. More fundamentally, however, they must also ensure they seize network services demand growth in general and accommodate it with corresponding cost reductions right across their networks.
BMW's board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, raised a red flag over the concept of the connected car this week, as he revealed his company is fighting a tide of requests from technology and advertising companies for access to the data already being gathered by a host of on-board sensors.
Whether it's connected cars, 4K video or next-gen home networking technologies like Home Plug AV, the Fierce editorial team is out in force at this year's CES 2015 show. Phil Goldstein, Mike Dano and Daniel Frankel are on the ground throughout the week in Las Vegas covering all the major keynotes, events and press conferences. Stay tuned to this page for complete coverage of the CES 2015 show. You can visit the page here.
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.
Ericsson is taking the next step in the evolution of the 'connected' vehicle, teaming with Volvo Cars and sports safety equipment maker POC to develop technology to help cyclists avoid collisions.
Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.
It seems all this talk about needing to be connected, especially to social media, at all times, including while driving, might not be such a universal thing after all. At least, that's what a survey by Compass Intelligence indicates.
It's been more than two years since Verizon Communications acquired Hughes Telematics in a $162 million cash deal and created Verizon Telematics. Since the acquisition, Verizon has been quietly integrating the company into its fold. FierceWirelessTech 's Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently talked with Kevin Link, SVP of Verizon Telematics about the company's connected car strategy, its vision for the future and more.
Volvo is planning to unleash 100 autonomous driven cars on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. Called "Drive Me," the program will distribute 100 cars to specially selected drivers, who will then provide commentary and diagnostic information that will help the company's development of autonomous vehicles.