Connected car tech to become more 'sophisticated' next year, report says

While we're on the subject of 2017 connected car predictions this week, The Economist Intelligence Unit has also released some interesting numbers that provide some food for thought next year. 

In its newly published Industries in 2017 report, the researchers take a look at the key trends in the automotive sector for next year and find that combined car sales in the 60 biggest markets will rise by 2.4% in 2017.

This may be slower...

By Rachael Power, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

2017 connected car predictions: Seeing the forest for the trees


As 2016 winds down, the connected car industry is ramping up for another interesting year.

We’ve seen several innovative initiatives such as Uber testing autonomous ride sharing in Pittsburgh to Hyundai giving Blue Link users the ability to start their car by talking into their watches. Well, 2017 will be no different.

That being said; not all ideas will succeed.  

Prediction: UBI subscriptions will stall

As new technology continues to alter the driving experience as we know it,...

By Timothy Evavold, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

US asks drivers to put down their smartphones


Using devices while on the road is something truly connected cars could actually combat. One of the causes of the rising number of fatalities on the road around the world is driver distraction, and part of the blame perhaps rests with smartphones.

This is why the US has released new, voluntary guidelines to help address the issue cause by mobiles and electronic devices in vehicles.

The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic...

By Rachael Power, 25 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Springworks launches connected car platform in Sweden

A new connected car platform for mobile operaters and service providers has gone live in Sweden.

Springworks AB's SPARK platform will be used by Nordic and Baltics mobile network operator Teila Company.

The platform will allow the company and its automotive service provider partners to launch a host of new subscription-based connected car services for drivers.

These services will include 4G, in-car Wi-Fi, service warning alerts, parking information and warnings, tyre change notifications, eco driving...

By Rachael Power, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Connectivity is key in preparing for driverless cars

The recent driverless car trial in Milton Keynes, the first of its kind in the UK, suggests that the future of transport is quickly coming upon us – one half-mile loop at a time.

Filling the nation’s garages and motorways with automated vehicles would mark a giant leap towards the efficiency, convenience and luxury of the “tech utopias” chronicled by countless science-fiction writers and envisioned by startups from Silicon Valley to Soho.

However, before we make the final stop,...

By Hakan Ekmen, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Volvo trials app concierge service in US

Car connectivity has a lot of benefits. Soon, it could even eliminate the need for you to bring your car for a service, fill it up with fuel or giving it a wash.

That is, at least, the focus on Volvo's pilot programme in the US. It's trialling a concierge service with 300 of its customers starting from this month, who will have access to services via an app.  

This isn't an idea they have pulled out of thin air, though. Volvo's digital innovation labs in the US, Germany and China have been looking at the...

By Rachael Power, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Germany trials 5G motorway project with Ericsson and BMW


Cars in Germany are set to become a whole lot more connected in the future, with a cross-industry consortium being set up to strengthen 5G research and development in the country.

Members include Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA).

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian...

By Rachael Power, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Jaguar previews its first ever electric car


Jaguar has released details of its first ever purpose-built electric vehicle. The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is due out in 2018, with the production version to be released next year.

The five-seater sports car is a first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV, the company said.

The car will have a cab-forward, sporting driving position, with no tailpipe...

By Rachael Power, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.