At Mobile World Congress, many companies announced products and services for the connected car industry. New technology, cloud and analytics services were revealed. Companies with new announcements included SAP, BMW, Qualcomm, Jasper Wireless, Tech Manhindra, Samsung, WiPro and Agnik.
Qualcomm announced the Qualcomm Gobi 9×30 platform for advanced telematics and infotainment features. The chip supports LTE Advanced (up to300 Mbps downlink data rates,) broadband connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspots, Bluetooth 4.1, infotainment content and telematics services with DSRC (dedicated short-range communications), a technology required to comply with future regulation recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to increase safety through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.
Qualcomm is working with Google for the connected car market, reported Fierce Wireless but has not joined Google’s Open Automotive Alliance.
SAP AG and BMW Group Research and Technology showed the SAP HANA Cloud Platform for real times services to drivers, based on location. It provide a slink between the BMW and partners that offer parking, gas, food and beverages. In the future, depending on the context of the driver, offer text offers, coupons and parking. It will allow businesses to develop new offerings. “Imagine if your car could sense your desires?”
Jasper Wireless showed connected car cloud and global SIM devices. Jasper offers software services to connect to its wireless platform for a fee. Jasper powers AT&T Drive services. The Jasper Car Cloud offers a control center, diagnostics, rate plan management, split billing, third party charging for services and life cycle management. Jasper SIM allows for international service, activation and management of wireless services.
Tech Manhindra Ltd. demonstrated its connected car solution at Mobile World Congress. The connected vehicle solution connects ‘in-vehicle’ systems with enterprise platforms including vehicle to infrastructure communication. The service will deliver driver assist/alert, diagnostics/prognosis, comfort, convenience and safety. Tech Mannhndra reports that its solution will transform the user experience – for all the stakeholders (driver, dealer, OEMs, Tier1s, insurance provider, etc) and offer value to all. Tech Mahindra offers connected automotive engineering solutions to global automotive players.
Samsung showed it Tizen software, which is open source and not restricted that can used for home automation or connected cars.
A few days before Mobile World Congress Wipro Ltd announced that it will collaborate with Agnik, a cloud-based vehicle performance Big Data analytics software company to offer advanced connected car information technology services and platforms for the automotive industry. Wipro is a member of the Car Connectivity Consortium. Agnik is a cloud-based vehicle performance Big Data analytics software company. Agnik’s MineDrive and Vyncs-based insurance solution receives 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancements.