This month in the Connected Cars World

So, what’s new in the Connected Cars World? What’s trending now? Stay tuned to see what’s hot and cool in the month of October 2014. Is a new model on the way or is some great automobile company having something in store? Let’s find out all the juicy stuff of this month.

2 million customers are using the connected car service

This is what the people from  the Dallas-based company, AT&T Inc.(T), claim. They say that over 2 million U.S cars are using its wireless network, of which about 500.000 new connected cars were added only in the third quarter. AT&T targeted this type of cars as having the potential of $1 billion sales opportunities, because the in-car technology is what 39% of car buyers look for in a vehicle today. AT&T saw the potential autonomous cars have. Do you see it, too?

New infotainment system for Honda

There’s been a new in-car audio and infotainment system for the new range of vehicles from Honda. It’s powered by Nvidia’s Tegra mobile processor. It will be integrated in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V, which are due to launch in Europe next year.

The Honda Connect infotainment system is based on Android 4.0.4, which is displayed on a 7″ screen. It will include entertainment and traffic-related applications, sat-nav, radio, vehicle information, mapping technology and a rearview camera. Are you interested?

Here comes Mojio for connected cars

The Vancouver-based startup, Mojio, announced that with the help of AT&T and Telus, it will launch its plug-in car module, which will be on sale by the end of 2014 in the U.S. and Canada. It will bring vehicle and app data to the cloud and your smartphone.

Mojio is a startup that makes plug-in car modules, but it tries to be innovative in the open development and app distribution platform. It tries to get developers to optimize everything from parking spot-reservation apps to location-sharing services for its hardware.

A connected car cooperation agreement

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile telecommunication company, and Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, have signed a connected car cooperation agreement. A joint venture was established in China in which each partner holds a 50% stake.

Reinhard Clemens, Board Member of Deutsche Telekom, says: “Connected Car is a strategic initiative within Deutsche Telekom Group, while China is of strategic importance for our Connected Car business. The partnership with China Mobile is therefore strategically of utmost importance to Deutsche Telekom.”

The joint Venture Company will carry out localized development, provide hardware, connected car cloud platform and its objective is to offer 4G-based vehicle information services and safe driving experiences to drivers in the Chinese Connected Car Market. The company will start operating beginning of 2015.

Excited over the news?

This is what’s been hot in the Connected Cars world this October. It seems things are always on fast-forward with the connected car technology. There’s no moment to skip and plenty of cars to drive. So, enjoy your spin with a tech-savvy car and stay tuned for more news coming!

Philipp Kandal