Today, mobile technology is fully incorporated into virtually every aspect of our lives. The promise of a “connected car” in the near future is extremely exciting for drivers, mobile operators and automakers alike.
Automotive-grade M2M technology is providing cellular connectivity and services enrich mobile lifestyles for both drivers and passengers offering high-speed, low latency connectivity, and a suite of advanced features including mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet radio, Web services and an improved navigation system.
However, the environments automobiles encounter can be fierce and wireless technology has to withstand extreme temperatures, excessive vibration and moisture experienced on the road. In addition, strict automotive manufacturing specifications add to the challenges facing an effective “smart car.”
With embedded LTE solutions, car manufacturers like Audi can offer high-speed, low latency connectivity and a suite of advanced services and features that enhance “on the road” experiences for both drivers and passengers. Users can enjoy simultaneous embedded voice and data services, allowing one passenger to search online for the best nearby restaurant while another passenger calls for a reservation.
Embedded M2M SIMs identify individual vehicles, encrypt communications and ensure secure global connectivity for smart vehicle systems including
eCall emergency solutions, vehicle telematics, navigation and more and are optimized to survive extreme environments.
Secure remote provisioning services simplify the manufacturing process and enhance security by allowing MFF2 SIMs to be embedded and installed during the manufacturing process. This allows to select or change wireless service providers and plans and reduces exposure to tampering and damage.
In the future, secure cloud-based service enablement and next generation features such as secure ID-based ignition, integrated
mobile wallet applications will further contribute to convenience for drivers and passengers alike.