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.
At CTIA last month Iridium, the satellite communications company presented its M2M offerings that leverage its low earth orbiting satellite communications network. The company has significantly developed its offerings from the high-priced consumer/business focused offering it first launched with in 1999. Embracing M2M is another example of the company’s efforts to increase the use of its global satellite network to data services, but is also an indication of where both Iridium and M2M communications are moving and how far they have both come.