Connected Car Services Soon to Arrive From Volvo, Ericsson
In a version of the digital dashboard, Volvo Car Group will use Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud so that drivers, passengers and the car itself can connect to services available in the cloud.
Drivers and passengers will be able to access applications for information, navigation and entertainment from a screen in the car. Content providers will have agreements with Volvo and the other members of the car “ecosystem,” like Internet radio providers, road authorities, city governments and toll road operators.
Lex Kerssemakers, SVP Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, says: “We see that cars in the near future will integrate the same level of digital services that consumers today are used to having in their homes or at work. This is a strategically important part of Volvo’s investments for the future.”
The partnership calls for Ericsson to perform systems integration with Volvo Car Group IS/IT environments and in-vehicle systems. Ericsson will also provide managed services for global cloud technology with a secure connection between the vehicle and all players in the value chain.
Per Borgklint, head of Business Unit Support Systems, Ericsson, says: “This partnership is evidence of the transformation across our entire society as we move into the networked society. Drivers want services that technology makes possible, in real time and in the context that fits them personally.”