The automotive industry is shifting its attention away from infotainment to focus on transformative technologies that will enable the Mobility as a Service paradigm to spring to life. Third-party platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto increasingly dominate the industry as it explores the benefits of ADAS, V2X, 5G connectivity, AI, AR, driverless vehicles, electrification, and IoT. And the future starts now, with the new car and ride sharing economy already evolving to take Uberization to the next level with driverless taxis and multimodal transportation. In the shorter term, car-to-cloud vehicle sensor data crowdsourcing for traffic, parking, weather and map services and cloud-to-car Over the Air Updates for life cycle and cyber security management are critical focus areas. Commercial vehicle technology is evolving from aftermarket fleet telematics to embedded connectivity, active safety and ADAS, platooning and ultimately autonomous trucks.
On March 1, 2011, Vodafone and The Bosch Group announced a partnership to provide customers with an integrated M2M application platform. The partnership is targeted at providers of industrial monitoring applications, such as elevator/escalator and air conditioning unit monitoring. The partnership combines Vodafone’s “Global Data Service Delivery Platform” (GDSP) with The Bosch Group’s “Multi-Service Platform” (MSP). Together, the integrated offering will make it easier for customers to develop and deploy industrial monitoring applications incorporating cellular network connectivity.