An auto industry group, including Ford and General Motors, is urging President Barack Obama to ignore the recommendations that tech companies recently made about opening up the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and instead stick to a previous plan for dedicated short range communication (DSRC) that they say will lead to safer roads.
The connected car market heated up this morning with news that General Motors will reportedly spend roughly $1 billion to buy Cruise Automation, which develops technology for autonomous vehicles. Separately, Ford announced it will break out its mobility programs into a separate subsidiary.
If you are heading to Barcelona, Spain, this weekend to attend the Mobile World Congress 2016 conference, be prepared for a 5G fest. Operators from all across the globe are jockeying for a lead in the 5G game by announcing upcoming trials and collaborations. Vendors are conducting 5G demos and talking about their 5G roadmaps. And everyone is trying to figure out the best way to prepare for 5G while at the same time still monetizing their current investments in LTE.
There's clearly a tremendous amount of interest in the IoT, and much of it is justified. IDC recently predicted worldwide spending on the IoT will reach $1.32 trillion in 2019, representing an impressive 17 percent compound annual growth rate. Other forecasts are equally optimistic. But the IoT must overcome some huge hurdles before it reaches its potential.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T just added Ford Motor Co. to its growing list of automakers sporting the company's LTE modules. Ford announced that it plans to connect more than 10 million cars with its AT&T-powered SYNC Connect service within the next five years.
Ford, GM and Toyota each announced major new efforts at the CES show in Las Vegas aimed at growing the market for connected automobiles, news that likely will boost the prospects of wireless carrier executives hoping to cash in on mobile communications two and from motorists' vehicles. But the announcements from the world's largest auto makers also appear to put distance between their products and the auto efforts from tech companies like Google and Apple.
Ford is making Apple Siri Eyes Free available to more than 5 million cars dating back to 2011.
Around three months after Ford Motor Co. chose BlackBerry subsidiary QNX's technology to power its Sync 3 in-car technology platform, and not technology from longtime partner Microsoft, Ford is now returning to Microsoft. Ford has contracted with Microsoft for the software giant to deliver cloud-based wireless updates to its connected cars.
Despite carrier, automaker and consumer enthusiasm for cars with wireless connectivity, most connected cars are vulnerable to hacking attacks and car makers are not protecting consumer data well enough, according to a report released by a U.S. senator.
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.