Hyundai Motor Group (Seoul, South Korea) has signed an agreement with Vodafone Global Enterprise, the business within Vodafone (London) which manages the communications needs of its largest customers, to explore business opportunities in telematics services in Europe. The initial agreement, which was signed last week, is designed to boost Hyundai’s competitiveness in vehicle IT systems and reach out to a wider customer base in Europe. Under the agreement, Hyundai will focus on creating new business opportunities based on automotive IT systems and Vodafone’s existing communications network in Europe. As well as collaborating on the development of new telematics services, Hyundai will develop new automotive IT solutions by using the telematics infrastructure to build a new customer-oriented telematics business models. Hyundai previously introduced their BlueLink telematics system at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Only a few days later, The Bosch Group (Gerlingen, Germany) and Vodafone announced a partnership that will see them integrate their respective machine-to-machine platforms. Under the partnership, The Bosch Group and Vodafone will offer a joint solution aimed at simplified management of products with embedded SIM cards. The collaboration will combine Bosch’s experience in designing sensors and automation, based on Bosch’s Multi-Service Platform, with Vodafone’s expertise in providing network quality and management tools for global deployment. Bosch’s Multi Service Platform, which allows firms to develop their own automated processes, will integrate with Vodafone’s Global Data Service Platform (GDSP) which enables businesses to manage the connectivity of thousands of embedded SIM cards all over the world.