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In an Automotive industry that is undergoing huge changes, the best telematics options for OEMs happen to be OBD dongles

Integration of telematics by OEMs is more challenging than ever. It is the right time to review the different alternatives and identify the most relevant choices for OEMs.

Telecom standards are evolving faster than ever with 4G and its multiple categories, and the frequency bands and deployment schedules that differ per country. 5G, Wi-Fi evolutions, and associated technologies are going to make it even worse. Vehicle development cycles are getting more and more incompatible with first mount integration of telecommunication. The same goes for processors, memory, Bluetooth, and of course software platforms. To make it short, the big IoT revolution is boosting wireless technologies evolutions: we don’t count anymore in millions of units but in billions. The stakes are such that the innovation and technology changes are very likely to accelerate. Annual motor vehicles production is slowly growing but still below 100 million (~90 million vehicles per year in 2014), which means OEMs’ impact on the telecom technology evolutions and life cycle will decrease; they will have to adapt to even faster changes and more complex technologies. To solve this problem, OEMs tend to offer more and more Smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink), with a major risk of…

Mobile Devices recognised by major Insurance Telematics Study

Mobile Devices was ranked the #1 Telematics (hardware) Technology Provider for the Europe and US markets, topping a list of 21 players worldwide.

From corporate treasure chest to freebee: the tale of the Email Server

A long time ago, it was inconceivable to not build your own email server. No respectable IT department would even consider externalising something that critical. Today, the whole idea of building your own email server is obsolete and seems like nonsense.

Insurance players start ripping the benefits of OBD-II technology

insurance groups who are claiming that the technology will “completely change the face of motor insurance”

Connected PNDs will survive

The debate continues — will navigation on smartphones kill personal navigation devices (PNDs)? Aaron Solomon explains why he believes PNDs will carve out their own future, and also what brands and manufacturers have to do to ensure this happens…