A mobile industry giant is teaming up with a car industry giant in order to get more vehicles (and homes) connected. Indeed, LG has decided to join forces with Volkswagen in pursuing joint research and development efforts concerning a proposed connected car platform that should become operational in the not too distant future.
A new study jointly conducted by AT&T and Ericsson shows that about 75 percent of today’s consumers consider connected car features as a significant factor in helping them decide which vehicle to buy next.
AT&T had another impressive quarter in terms of the number of new subscriptions. Indeed, in the recently ended quarter, the major wireless carrier reported 1.9 million net subscriber additions.
But interestingly, a good chunk of these new subscriptions consist of car connections. In fact, of the 1.9 million subscriptions, about 800,000 were from car connections, which means that AT&T really is doing something right in capturing the 4G car connectivity sector.
During the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Verizon Wireless introduced its own aftermarket connected car module. The carrier is calling its module Verizon Vehicle and it works similarly with other plug-in dashboard gadgets such as Automatic, Mojio, and Zubie. But instead of aiming at the early tech adopter set, Verizon Vehicle is clearly after the roadside assistance and telematics market first introduced by GM's OnStar.
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