OBD: the battle for control over car data has just started

October 6, 2017 by  
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According to an announcement made by Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President Electronics at BMW at the VDA Technical Congress in Berlin, German car makers are planning to progressively close the OBD port while the vehicle is being driven. So does it mean the beginning of the end for the OBD-based industry and services such as […]

Satellites and EETS are the new norm in tolling

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog, ETC, Fleet management, News

After 18 months of delays and legal challenges the tender process for the proposed Bulgarian nationwide GNSS toll seems to be finally moving forward. Originally expected to begin operating in late 2017, the toll will levy a per km fee on all vehicles over 3.5t and is expected to be EETS compliant from the beginning. […]

China’s push for vehicle automation calls for changes in the law

While limited testing is now underway, China still lags behind in the driverless race In support of the official directive outlined in the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan and “Made in China 2025” policies on June 23, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the Draft Guidelines on the National Intelligent and Connected […]

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog, Driverless insurance

In the future world of driverless cars, road side assistance will have to become more like IT support Wherever you stand in the connected vehicle value chain, your sector features on the Vehicle Automation Winner or Loser graph illustrated below (this is a sample). Yet, what really matters is not where you stand at any […]

The time for EETS has finally come

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog, ETC, Fleet management

On the 13 April, DKV, T-Systems and Daimler announced the creation of Toll4Europe; Europe’s 8th official EETS provider. Toll4Europe is a new entity, jointly owned by one of the largest fuel card issuers, one of the largest toll operators and one of the largest car manufacturers on the continent. This potent mix of experience, skills […]

Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye: it’s all about the map

On March 13th Intel announced it was acquiring Mobileye for $15.3B. In light of the recent announcement that Google (Waymo) just started to provide autonomous taxis in Phoenix, we look at what the deals mean for Intel and the car industry. The emergence of ADAS and autonomous features in new vehicles has significantly increased processing […]

Autonomous cars will want you distracted

Maybe we all have understood the potential benefits of automation in terms of safety and convenience. Yet getting into a car driven by a machine or handing control over to one will require a step change in trust. We will need to trust a car, a brand and maybe also a mobility service provider. That […]

Who will drive connected services until driverless cars roam the streets?

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog, Connected mobility, News

2016 saw more new cars connected to the network than new phones for the first time in history, and we expect that by 2020, 232 million vehicles will have active in-vehicle connected services. By that time 60 million vehicles will be on the road with some automated driving functions. It is not surprising that Telecom […]

Tesla should become an insurer

In its Q4 2016 and full year financial results and Q&A webcast, Tesla’s President of Global Sales and Service, Jonathan McNeill, spoke about Tesla’s future vision of a “one-price” offer that includes car, insurance and maintenance. The comment was made on the basis of their activity in HongKong and Australia, providing insurance through underwriting partners. It […]

EETS – The Ecotaxe’s greatest legacy

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog, ETC, Fleet management

In 2004, the European Commission (EC) first issued the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) directive. At the time, it was heralded as a solution to the chronic lack of interoperability between toll domains, which often resulted in a mass of confusion and on-board-units (OBUs) across truck dashboards and windscreens. EETS promised that a single contract […]

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