Connected Car Expo comes to LA with Audi, Hyundai, Volvo, GM Onstar, AL&ED & More

connectedcarexpoConnected Car Expo (CCE) announced speakers, seminars and news for the fall show during the LA Auto Show’s press/media days November 18-20, in Los Angeles, California.

The following automakers will show their technology including:

Will Verizon decide what connected car you buy?

verizonracecargroveVerizon is busy getting into the Internet of Things and your cars with promotions and announcements surrounding cars that could lead to the conclusion that some point in the near future Verizon will be offering services to not only automakers but also to drivers in cars.

Verizon follows AT&T History

The two major carriers in the United States are AT&T and Verizon Wireless. AT&T is the first to offer Wi-Fi hotspot service in GM cars by a monthly service through OnStar or by adding it on to an AT&T share plan.  AT&T was the first carrier to offer the iPhone and a  few years later Verizon was the next carrier to offer iPhones.  Let’s look at what road Verizon Wireless is taking to be your carrier of choice. The wireless market has become very competitive and Verizon has expanded its network on the roads of the US and the next place may most likely be inside cars too.

Marketing to Auto Enthusiasts

In late August, for the  Indy races in Fontana, Verizon invited the media to go along for the ride at 200 mph. Verizon set up a stage at The Grove in Los Angeles with race car drivers and Verizon Enterprise engineers to show how race cars equipped with Verizon technology can broadcast video. Video from the race cars was streamed  to Verizon  INDYCAR 14 app. Verizon set up the interactive Verizon Fan Village for Indy races. The media was given access to races to see how the Verizon Wireless Network is used by the pit crew to view and deliver car data. (See video from the Grove event below).

App-lifying Car Rentals for Customers with in-car Wi-Fi

verizonnewsreleaseToday, Verizon announced Verizon Auto Share, an enterprise car sharing rental and return cars platform for the end of 2014.  A smartphone app lets the driver “Scan & Go” to gain access to a vehicle of their choice and drive it within minutes. The smartphone scans a code and the person is verified and then given access to virtual keyfob to unlock the car.  The news release stated, “Drivers can also receive promotional offers such as in-car Wi-Fi and advanced fuel/refill purchase options.”

Mmmn here’s the clue we’ve been looking for, we at AUTO Connected Car News do not think that Verizon would offer “in-car Wi-Fi” from AT&T.

Confused News Sources

Bloomberg news reported, today

“[Web connection]The capability is just down the road. GM this year is equipping more than 30 models with 4G LTE, while Hyundai Motor Co, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Motor Corp. have struck deals with Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to provide wireless service in their cars.”

We contacted the Verizon PR rep Marie McGehee in Detroit at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit who did verify that Verizon has an agreements with Toyota and Hyundai to provide wireless connectivity for the automakers. Verizon  bought Hughes Telematics in 2012 and provides Telematics services for Mercedes, Nissan and Volkswagen.

Verizon is providing wireless service safety, diagnostics and infotainment, however in a previous Bloomberg report it was stated that “video streaming” and wireless hotspots will eventually be offered in  the Hyundai BlueLink connected car service.

Verizon Telematics services give Verizon a foot in the door or trunk to offer wireless connections to consumers in their cars. There were other reports that Verizon will offer Wi-Fi service in cars as an add-on to the share plan similar to what AT&T offers in GM cars.

The world of connected cars is getting just as complicated as wireless plans.  If drivers have a choice of two car models with similar features and one requires a change of wireless plans, they may just buy the car with the wireless plan they already know and love.  The average wireless plan is two years and smartphone life less than two years.  The average age of light vehicles is 11.4 years with most people keeping their cars for six years.  Or on the other hand drivers may change their wireless plan to match their car.

Telematics West Coast Discount Reminder: 9/5 Best Rate Ends

250-250telematicsIf you are planning to go to Telematics West Coast in San Diego, October 30-31, Friday, September 5, is the last day for the early bird discount for $200, combine it with the AUTO Connected Car coupon code and you will receive a discount of $300.

Here are some of the highlights of the West Coast’s premier connected car event:

A Connected Car Review of News: Smartphone UBI, Delphi Tech Board & Green Hills

Renesas_0814There are new announcements for connected cars, Agero UBI (Usage Based Insurance) for smartphones, Green Hill Software for Renesas processors and a new technology board for Delphi.

Agero, announced its new mobile usage based insurance (UBI) platform with PolicyPal with real-time driving tracker,  and Auto Crash Notification (ACN) using mobile device sensors.

Agero’s mobile telematics platform provides UBI predictive analytics that tracks how often and far a policyholder drives; how hard they brake or accelerate; if they travel during peak urban traffic hours and other information to tailor in

Continental ITS connected cars(NV) headed by Oz in Silicon Valley

itsContinental has put together an international team  from the IT and automotive industries to work on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), called “Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC”

It will be headquartered in the Silicon Valley and guided by Seval Oz, an expert in vehicle networking and automation. In her previous role she worked on Google’s self-driving car project.

Telsa S will have voice dialing and more connected car features per owners’ requests

tesladThe PR darling of EVs, Elon Musk has responded to feedback from customers who bought  an ad in a local Palo Alto newspaper in the form of a Tweet and more. Elon Musk tweeted that the customers were right and many of the features will be implemented soon.

Some connected car features wanted are voice dialing by speaking the numbers, a larger touchscreen spot for answering calling to avoid disconnecting incoming call by mistake. 

iPhone 5/5C/5S CarPlay Delays 2015 for MB, Volvo while Hyundai on target

VolvoCarPlayIt looks like that many of the carmakers who committed to Apple CarPlay for iPhone5 and later are not able to get the feature out this year and will launch CarPlay at later dates.

So far Mercedes, Volvo, Honda do not have exact dates for  CarPlay with most coming in 2015 while CarPlay compatible Hyundai 2015 Sonata models are being sold with a promise of a CarPlay update by the end of this year.

EV charging stations # >Starbucks & 1st BMW i DC Fast & apps

chargepointappThere are more ChargePoint charging stations than Starbucks, McDonald’s, 7-Eleven: 8,160,Dunkin’ Donuts or Wal-marts. BMW’s new fast chargers are supported. EV owners can find charging stations online or via Android and iPhone apps.

When drivers realized there are so many places to  charge an EVs, they’re more likely to consider buying EVs.  There are many charging stations are at many stores.

With 18,000 charging locations across U.S. and Canada, ChargePoint has more spots than the number of Starbucks: 14,958, McDonald’s: 13,890, 7-Eleven: 8,160, Dunkin’ Donuts: 7,681 and Walmart: 5,256.

 

Tesla 2 hire connected car hackers from other side

tesla8Tesla Motors is calling all computer hackers to break into their head—units and win a spot on their blog or even a job.

Telsa plans to hire up to 30 employees/hackers/programmers and displayed at the Def Can conference in Las Vegas, last week.