Category Archives: Telematics

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity – Telecompetitor (blog)

verizon telematicsGlobal connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service.

Verizon, along with several other global telecom service providers, is a Globetouch backer, explained today’s press release about the Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal.

Asked to provide more detail about those “upgraded network solutions,” a Verizon Telematics spokesperson said in an email exchange with Telecompetitor that “the solution enables General Motors to enter [into] a single wireless services agreement and receive wireless services for their vehicles in multiple countries around the world.”

The spokesperson went on to note that “the solution ties together the networks from multiple carriers into a single solution for GM. . .  Verizon is assisting Globetouch in their global implementation for GM, and is collaborating with Globetouch on a global wireless solution for its Telematics and IoT customers.”

The days when car makers built products only for limited geographic regions are quickly coming to an end, and most major automotive manufacturers are pursuing global opportunities, so it’s easy to see why the sort of offering Globetouch has assembled would have strong appeal for GM, potentially eliminating the need for GM to deal with numerous carriers around the globe to support OnStar.

GM appears to be open to multiple connected car communications suppliers – at least in its domestic U.S. market, however. AT&T, for example, offers connectivity to support the OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot offering available on many current models. Previously that carrier also touted its own ability to provide “a single carrier to wirelessly enhance and connect products across the globe” but has declined to provide additional details about that.

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal
Among U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon both have been aggressively pursuing connected car opportunities. AT&T began racking up manufacturer wins several years ago, in part by offering a customizable connected car platform as well as connectivity.

Verizon initially seemed more interested in aftermarket opportunities. The company’s Hum offering lets a car owner add connected car capability to virtually any model built since 1996. As today’s news illustrates, however, Verizon clearly has set its sights on manufacturer OEM opportunities as well.

Ultimately car makers may find that car owners want a choice of carriers to provide connected car connectivity. AT&T offers car owners the ability to put their connected car on their existing wireless plan, suggesting car makers aren’t the only ones looking for a single supplier to meet their communication needs.

Globetouch and Verizon Telematics to Work With General Motors for OnStar Expansion – Business Wire (press release)

OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Globetouch
and Verizon Telematics are planning to launch upgraded network solutions
that will be used by General Motors in connection with the continued
global expansion of OnStar’s industry-leading connected vehicle services.

Globetouch will integrate its open platform GControl with OnStar to
enable reliable, high-quality connectivity and regulatory compliance for
OnStar services. Verizon Telematics will bring scale and network
expertise to the solution.

“We are working directly with Verizon Telematics to take the complexity
out of carrier and agreement management, enabling Globetouch to focus on
building custom solutions that fit the needs of automotive OEMs around
the world,” said Riccardo Di Blasio, CEO at Globetouch. “By providing a
single point of integration for GM and other automotive OEMs, Globetouch
ensures a world-class experience for end customers.”

“Verizon Telematics brings the reliability and scalability of its global
network, plus decades of experience enabling built-in connectivity for
automotive OEM leaders,” said Susan Heystee, senior vice president, OEM
at Verizon Telematics. “Through this partnership with Globetouch, we
make it easy for automotive OEM’s customers around the globe to stay
connected to what’s important to them.”

About Globetouch

Globetouch is a leader in global connectivity services for the connected
car and the IoT. By building an ecosystem of operators with a next
generation control center, Globetouch provides car manufacturers and IoT
enterprises a single interface to reach a global footprint. Globetouch
backers include Verizon Ventures, CK Hutchison Holdings
Limited, Digicel and NTT DoCoMo, 263 China, and Qihoo 360 Technology Co.
Ltd. To learn more, please visit:

About Verizon Telematics

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New
York City, has a diverse workforce of 161,000 and generated nearly $126
billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable
wireless network, with 113.9 million retail connections nationwide. The
company also provides communications and entertainment services over
mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and
delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

Draft guideline for the establishment of national industrial system of telematics is published – Lexology (registration)

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Standardisation Administration of China have jointly published the Draft Guideline for the Establishment of National Industrial System of Telematics (“Draft Guideline”) on 13 June 2017 to solicit public comment.

According to the Draft Guideline, the first step for the establishment of a national industrial system should be setting out the standard system for intelligent & connected vehicles (“ICVs”). The standard system will be divided into four main categories: (i) basic standards, covering term and definition, category and coding, and mark and symbol; (ii) generally applicable standards, covering function evaluation, human-computer interface, function security, and information security; (iii) product and technology application standards, covering information perception, decision-making and warning, control assistance, auto control, and information interexchange; (iv) other relevant standards, covering communication agreement and interface.

Depending on the automation status, the Draft Guideline classifies ICVs into five levels which are driving assistance, partial automation, conditional automation, high automation and full automation. The overall plan is to formulate about 30 standards by 2020 to support driving assistance and low-level automated driving and to formulate more than 100 standards by 2025 to support high-level automated driving.

Please click here the read the full text of the Draft Guideline.

Fleet Management: Connected car clarity needed – FleetNews (blog)

The introduction of the connected car and so-called ‘big data’ is set to change the long-established fleet management model.

That change will have to be managed, while fleet decision-makers grapple with the impact of numerous other issues. 

They include: the viability of diesel as a fleet fuel amid air quality concerns; the impact of Brexit; Government consultations on issues including currently on business expenses –which could see changes to long-established employee mileage allowances; and September’s introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

What’s more, the recent hacking of NHS computer systems in the UK and other organisations’ systems worldwide has raised security fears around vehicles and the data collected.

We are on the tip of an iceberg. The arrival of ‘big data’ will have a major impact on fleet operations and company car drivers, as ACFO members heard recently at its spring ‘Big Data – Big Seminar’ event.

Today’s connectivity is the start of the journey towards the autonomous car and while the secure exchange of data builds the foundations for new business activities and applications, there are significant risks and challenges regarding safety, security and privacy that need to be addressed.

Supporters of ‘big data’ point to benefits that include reduced fleet vehicle downtime, safety and duty of care improvements and the early detection of faults and wear and tear before components ‘break’, thus reducing fleet service, maintenance and repair costs so aiding improved budgeting.

Furthermore, it will change the relationship between motor manufacturers, the vehicle leasing and fleet management industry, fleet decision-makers and company car drivers.

It is critical that motor manufacturers and the contract hire and leasing industry work together – and involve ACFO – as ultimately fleet managers are their customers. 

Fleet managers want clarity; they want to understand how suppliers – vehicle manufacturers and contract hire and leasing companies – will access and use ‘big data’. Critically, they want to know who owns the information sourced from ‘intelligent’ vehicles.

Concerned about connected car privacy? Bluetooth sensors used to track traffic – Ars Technica

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Who needs connected cars when almost all of us drive around emitting Bluetooth signals?

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One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems. When every vehicle and traffic signal is connected to the cloud, municipalities and local governments should be able to have a constant view of the traffic on their streets, aware of any problems almost instantly. The catch? It’s going to take a long time before there are sufficient vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) or even vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)-equipped cars on our roads. But the city of Aarhus in Denmark has shown you don’t need to wait for V2x to finally penetrate the market to start doing that; all you need are outdoor Bluetooth sensors.

For some time, Aarhus has been using Bluetooth sensors to collect traffic pattern information. As people drive around, emitting Bluetooth signals, the sensors log their movements around the city. In doing so, the traffic patterns can flag and reveal problems that the city needs to fix.

“The benefits we have gained from the solution since implementation are very significant. We now discover errors and irregularities that we would not have a chance to see otherwise. In addition, it is extremely educational and easy accessible to study how the incidents of various kinds influence the road network,” says Asbjørn Halskov-Sørensen, ITS Project Manager at Aarhus Municipality. “Ultimately, the data contributes to an improved economy and a better environment through reduced driving times and fuel consumption, and thus reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.”

Drivers waiting longer than normal at a particular intersection, or traffic flows that are outside of normal patterns can highlight issues that need addressing; a timing pattern that needs changing or malfunctioning equipment, for example.

The sensors—made by a company called Blip Systems—are also being used in cities in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and Thailand, as well as several international airports including New York (JFK) and San Diego (SAN).

Their presence should also add some perspective to connected car privacy concerns. Anyone determined to stick with a traditional unconnected car for as long as possible to avoid the prying digital eyes of their local government would do well to remember to disable any Bluetooth devices before getting behind the wheel as an extra precaution. (And that’s before we mention Automatic Number Plate Readers.)

IBM X-Force Red Launches IoT and Connected Car Security Services – eWeek

When IBM first launched its X-Force Red security testing team a year ago, the stated purpose was to help organizations improve security with better testing. Today IBM X-Force Red is expanding its offerings with new connected car and Internet of Things (IoT) security services.

IBM X-Force Red is lead by Charles Henderson, who joined IBM in October 2015 after nearly a decade working for security firm Trustwave, running the company’s penetration testing business. Henderson noted that the size and broad scope of IBM’s overall business, provides X-Force Red with significant opportunities to help improve both automotive and IOT security. He added that IBM has a facility in German that is specifically dedicated to working with automotive companies to help design connected cars.

“At IBM, we have so many people that work with car vendors, so when we have a question for a specific car brand, we can deal with the people that designed the car,” Henderson told eWEEK. “If we find a vulnerability, we can help to get it fixed much more quickly  than you could if you were outside of IBM.”

At the RSA security conference in February, Henderson detailed security issues with connected cars, relating to ownership changes and used cars.  Henderson noted that X-Force Red had previously been treating connected car security as just another IoT device. The new service however is a formalization of connected car security as a formal practise within X-Force Red.

“A connected car is much more than just another IoT device,” Henderson said. 

Henderson said that the automotive industry has its own terminology and product lifecycle, such that it’s important for IBM to have a dedicated, focussed service that meets the needs of the industry. The knowledge collected from connected car security assessments is further aided by the X-Force Red portal, which is a collaboration tool for security testing. The X-Force Red portal first debuted in February 2017 and has been steadily improved since then.

“With cars, there are a lot of different third party vendors that build components,” Henderson said. “With the X-Force Red portal we can get hundreds of automotive component builders on the same page to improve collaboration and security.

Watson IOT

X-Force Red is also launching a new service to help further improve the security of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  IBM launched its Watson IoT services platform in November 2016, as a way to help organizations build IoT devices and services with a standardized framework.

“Often at X-Force Red we have been engaged by IoT vendors late in the development process,” Henderson said. “The problem is if we find something really bad, it often goes to the heart of the device’s design.”

“We can now give our IoT clients that use the Watson IoT framework, the ability to bake testing in from a very early stage,” Henderson added.

Henderson added that if the IoT security design choices are made properly early on, it’s easier and faster to ensure that a device will be more secure. IBM X-Force Red will also work with IoT devices that are not built with the Watson IoT platform.

Watson also has a broad array of security capabilities and cognitive analysis features that X-Force Red will be able to benefit from.  Henderson said that the plan for X-Force Red is to take data collected on the X-Force Red Portal and make use of Watson’s cognitive insights. Henderson noted that often what happens after security testing is that if an organization finds a specific vulnerability, they will fix the specific vulnerability that was found, rather than gaining a better understanding of the overall risk.

“To the degree that we can leverage Watson to start learning about not just software, but the vulnerability lifecycle, we can make testing more powerful,” Henderson said. “With Watson we can move past the simple one-to-one relationship of finding the vulnerability and then fixing the vulnerability and that’s where we’ll start to really win the security game.”

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Connected Car Market Report 2017-2027 – PR Newswire (press release)

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Companies Mentioned: 

AB Volvo



AMD DTV Business

Apple inc.


AT&T Mobility


Automatic Labs Inc.

Avago Technologies


Beceem Communications, Inc.

Bell Canada

Best Buy



BMW Group



bright box LLC

Broadcom Limited

BroadLight, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.,


China Unicom



Cirrus Logic

Cisco Systems


Complex IT


Cox Automotive






Deutsche Telecom

Didi Chuxing

Dune Networks

Dunkin’ Donuts







Ford Motor Company

Freescale Semiconductor

Garmin Ltd


Gemalto NV

General Motors (GM)

Gigle Networks, Inc.

Global Locate, Inc.


Harman International


HiSilicon Technologies


Hughes Telematics

Hyundai Motor Company

iHeart Radio


In-Motion Technology

Innovision Research & Tech Ltd.


Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS)

Jaguar Land Rover



Kia Motors






Luxoft Holding, Inc

LVL7 Systems

Magneti Marelli




Mitsubishi Motors



Nash Technologies GmbH

NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.

Nissan Motor Company


NTT Docomo


NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Octalica, Inc.

Octo Telematics




Peiker Acustic GmbH & Co. KG

Percello Ltd.



Provigent Ltd.

PSA Peugeot Citroën

Qualcomm inc.


Realtek Semiconductor

Red Bend Software


Renesas LTE Assets

Renova Group



Samsung Electronics

SC Square Ltd.


Sierra Wireless



Sunext Design, Inc.

Suzuki Motor Corporation

Tech Mahindra

Teknovus, Inc.


Telenor Connexion

Telenor Group


Tesla Motors




Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Tsusho


Verizon Telematics

Verizon Wireless

Vinli Inc.



Volkswagen Group



Westly Group





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