Smartphones and Cars Become One as the Telematics and M2M Ecosystem Accelerates Connected Cars, Consumers Crave

FARMINGTON, Conn., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- It's full speed ahead for connected cars as more consumers crave and demand integration of smartphones and vehicle dashboards. A recent study capturing the opinions of 8,000 consumers across eight countries discovered that buyers "expect their new cars to have technology at least as good as they find in other devices in their life." Car connectivity will also drive automotive infotainment and in-vehicle internet access. App-connected vehicles are projected to reach 20% of consumer cars in Western Europe and North America by 2017. Content providers and app developers are already developing new business models to take advantage of these emerging markets. Meanwhile, how will the success of connected cars play out for the actual suppliers of automotive telematics technology?


A new report from Juniper Research expects the success of smartphone tethering and in-vehicle apps will commoditize the market and exert downward pressure on the price of vehicle manufacturers' own embedded telematics infotainment service. However, big data derived from telematics service provision is likely to emerge as an unexpected revenue driver for telematics companies and automotive manufacturers.

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In the last 4 years, the number of OEMs offering telematics services in China has exploded, surpassing mature markets such as Europe and USA where telematics took 15 years to become a commonly offered feature. In parallel to this, the number of companies scrambling to support OEMs with their telematics plans has also expanded. But is this intense level of competition good or bad for the industry? "Connected Car: The Evolving China Telematics Value Chain Database" zooms in on the telematics market in China.

In China, competition within the telematics industry has grown at a much faster pace compared to other markets, as service providers, content providers and hardware suppliers all battle for a slice of the telematics pie. The problem is that the pie remains relatively small.

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