LTE Connectivity deal for Chinese electric vehicles

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Telematics provider in China strikes a deal with Cinterion for 4G LTE communication modules to enable greater connectivity and safety for electric vehicles.

Gemalto will provide its Cinterion wireless module to Wuhan Intest Electronic Technology (Intest) to enable 4G LTE connectivity on their Telematics-Box (T-Box). Intest is a provider of end-to-end automotive systems in China. The Gemalto-enabled T-Box will allow device makers to offer fully-connected electric cars, allowing users to enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity for in-car infotainment, emergency roadside assistance and advanced telematics services. Drivers can even use their smartphones for secure keyless entry or ignition, for remote diagnostics and autonomous parking.

China is expected to overtake the USA as the biggest electric car market, following government’s plan to have 5 million renewable energy vehicles by 2020. Safety and cost-conscious Chinese people are also looking for connected cars that can ease their typical pain points like car safety and security, roadside emergencies and traffic congestion. Gemalto and Intest’s product will help car manufacturers to provide a winning combination of green vehicles and connectivity for the citizens, driving the popularity of electric cars across the nation.

“Chinese consumers expect a personalised and satisfying customer experience when it comes to car buying,” said Mi Feng, CTO at Intest. “With increasing LTE networks across the country, Gemalto’s module will provide unprecedented data connectivity to local travellers. The Wi-Fi hot spot in the car will allow passengers to simultaneously connect multiple devices to the Internet, detect charging stations nearby and enhance mobility.”

“Chinese people bought nearly 300% more electric cars in 2015 as compared to 2014,” said Sashidhar Thothadri, Vice President of M2M for APAC at Gemalto. “As in-vehicle connectivity expands from luxury models to high-volume midmarket ones, the ability to respond quickly to consumer preferences will be key to winning customers. With award-winning automotive M2M systems, we can enable Intest to take a lead in helping OEMs deliver innovative, sustainable products with end-to-end security.”

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