This week at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, Vodafone Germany announced a five-year deal with BMW to fit all its vehicles with mobile SIM chips for telematics services. The deal involves fitting SIM cards within the vehicles at the assembly plant.
On Tuesday, Sprint announced that it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide global machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity outside the U.S. Through the agreement, Sprint will expand its M2M reach to include Sprint-branded global M2M connectivity to 180 countries on Orange’s network.
Last week, the SARTRE project completed its first demonstration of vehicle platooning, which is a convoy of vehicles where one professional driver in a lead vehicle drives the entire line of other vehicles.
U.S. regulators are investigating the safety of batteries used to power electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. (Detroit, Mich., U.S.A.) Chevrolet Volt caught fire following a routine crash test.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday that it has asked other manufacturers who make electric cars or who plan to do so for information on how they handle lithium-ion batteries. The request also includes recommendations for minimizing fire risk.
Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).
According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.
The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a recent report from Pike Research (Boulder, Co., U.S.A.). Annual NEV sales will rise from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000 units by 2017, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, and North America will account for 45% of worldwide sales.
On Friday, the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of global automakers, announced they will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.
NRG Energy (Princeton N.J., U.S.A.), one of the largest power operators in the U.S., formed a new company last month with the University of Delaware to test out how vehicle-to-grid (V2G) can keep a grid stable as the share of intermittent renewable energy sources rises. V2G allows electric cars to pump electricity back into the grid when power demand spikes.
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This M2M Zone conference will brief telecom and enterprise executives on current trends revolving around the explosive growth in machine-to-machine communications (M2M). Three panel sessions will explore major current issues, including the trend towards truly international deployments, use of M2M in the public sector, and the integration of M2M with backbone IT systems.