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Connected cars get a little smarter

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Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Ovum has the following comment: “The automotive sector is clearly more important in operators’ M2M strategies than it has been for the last few years. So who better to close the first day of MWC’s speech sessions than Bill Ford, an executive with eponymous motor company and great-grandson of the famous car company founder.

“As well as launching a “Blueprint for Mobility” and a new model car (the first to be announced at MWC) Ford said some surprisingly sensible things, including the suggestion that connected cars should be about making journeys more efficient by providing alternative transportation options if congestion is unavoidable. In the future pedestrian, bicycle, private car and commercial and public transportation traffic will be “woven together into a single mobile network to save time, conserve resources, lower emissions and improve safety".

“Meanwhile, Ericsson took advantage of MWC to publicize its own project with Volvo, Göteborg Energi, and the Viktoria Institute, which enables an altogether smarter paradigm for the charging of electric cars. The system uses M2M connectivity to enable the cars’ charging profile to be controlled by the owner even when they are plugged into an ordinary dumb power point. This means that, as with a smart grid point, they charge their batteries when electricity is cheapest – with a clear payoff in terms of sustainability, since this ought to ensure that the load on the grid is spread more evenly.”

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