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As the world’s roads become increasingly congested, drivers are seeking smarter vehicles and transport systems that can give them real-time information about traffic jams, weather conditions, road works and parking availability. At the same time, governments are calling for cars to be able to automatically alert emergency services as soon as a vehicle is involved in an accident and to be equipped with tracking systems to combat theft.

The automotive industry has the potential to play a transformative role in the connected future by delivering new services such as:

  • on-demand, in-car entertainment
  • low-cost pay-as-you-drive insurance
  • location-enabled security features
  • real-time fleet management

As well as enhancing core vehicle propositions, such as improving vehicle brand image and customer relationship management and delivering a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. The global connected car market will be worth €39 billion in 2018 up from €13 billion in 2012, according to new market forecasts (download the latest information). Over the next five years, there will be an almost sevenfold increase in the number of new cars equipped with mobile connectivity designed to meet demand among regulators and consumers for safety and security features, as well as infotainment services an d navigation aids.  The rapid development of the global connected car market will be driven in part by positive regional regulatory action in Europe, Russia and Brazil.

To achieve this market potential, the automotive and mobile industries need to work closely together to deliver scalable, secure, interoperable, ubiquitous and intuitive connected experiences. This will help address key market development requirements such as remotely provisioned SIMs and interoperable architecture for in-market SIM management.

To accelerate the development and deployment of connected automotive solutions and devices, the GSMA is engaging with automakers, mobile network operators and the wider ecosystem to better understand their needs and to reduce the barriers to adoption.

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