Just this week, T-Mobile has recently announced a new free update to the companion app of its SyncUp Drive service. With this latest update, users of the mobile app can now simultaneously track up to 24 different cars, including monitor the vehicles’ real time coordinates, create multiple geofences, and even generate diagnostics information for each vehicle fitted with a SyncUp Drive device.
T-Mobile has joined forces with Chinese tech giant ZTE as well as connected car startup Mojio in debuting a new connected car feature that also serves as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for drivers. The new service from the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States is called SyncUp Drive, which connects into a vehicle’s ODB-II port (onboard diagnostics built in vehicles for a couple of decades now) in order to collect information on the user’s driving habits, offer remainders regarding car maintenance, monitor location, and keep track of other connected automobiles.
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.
Specifically, the LG-Volkswagen partnership is hoping to achieve three things. One is to develop technologies that meld the concepts of connected vehicles and smart homes, basically allowing car owners to control and manage smart devices inside their homes, like lighting systems, security systems, and home appliances, just to name a few, from the comfort of their vehicle’s seats.
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. Because of this, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is now ramping up its efforts in serving the needs of its subscribers who want more options when it comes to the latest connected car tech.
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.
Verizon Vehicle basically consists of two parts: 1) a module that is plugged into the on-board diagnostic port of any automobile made within the last two decades, and 2) a Bluetooth microphone and speaker that is attached the vehicle's visor.
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