Success is a collaborative effort in the connected vehicle ecosystem
As automotive IoT continues to gain momentum, we see many industries and technologies dependent on each other in complex, symbiotic relationships. We at Ericsson are proud to provide the services and technology that help make those collaborations work.
Making connected transport a reality requires a truly diverse ecosystem of players. That’s why our connected vehicle solutions are designed to support cross-industry partnerships. Here are just a few examples of how we help contribute to the development of the connected vehicle ecosystem.
Connected vehicles are a platform for innovation
Our cars are becoming much like our phones, complete with a virtual store where consumers can always find new apps to download, for work or fun. But creating a great digital experience can be a challenge for automakers.
Our Connected Vehicle Marketplace serves as a “white label” open API platform for connected vehicles. Using our connected vehicle solutions, OEMs can encourage third parties to develop value-adding telematic and service-based software for connected vehicles.
The Scania One platform is an excellent example of how this marketplace model can work. A manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, Scania is using Ericsson Connected Vehicle Marketplace to offer a comprehensive suite of digital services around their connected vehicles, without the expense of building in-house expertise in software development and cloud connectivity.
The ecosystem is speeding up
Another example of the ecosystem approach can be seen in the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). This association brings together representatives from the automotive and ICT industries with the mission of preparing connected vehicles for the next generation of mobile networks.
High-speed 5G mobile networks, which are predicted to reach the market in 2020, will allow greatly increased volume of data to interpolate between an ecosystem of connected devices, vehicles and infrastructure. These low latency networks will make enhanced vehicle-to-everything communications a reality.
For vehicles to communicate with everything around them, they need to share a common language. As part of the 5GAA, we are supporting the development of global standards for wireless connectivity, security, privacy, authentication, distributed cloud architectures and more.
Making it look easy
Beyond how we drive cars, the connected vehicle ecosystem has the potential to change the way we use transport and think about car ownership. Our Digital Key makes car sharing possible using a smartphone app. Cars that today sit unused most of the time can now become optimized resources in the sharing economy.
What feels simple to the consumer, like downloading an in-car app or sharing their car with a digital code, really requires a complex ecosystem that involves hardware, software, mobile networks, and of course, monetization. Our connected vehicle solutions help bring together the diversity of skills needed in the connected vehicle ecosystem.