Fuelling the current momentum in the connected-car market, Telenor Connexion has revealed that Japan’s Fujitsu Ten has become its latest telematics customer.
In a statement published on its website, the M2M subsidiary of Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) said that Fujitsu Ten (Kobe, Japan) would use its “connected service solution” for its Remote Engine Start telematics service – a so-called “aftermarket” product the company plans to deploy overseas.
Telenor Connexion says its “end-to-end connectivity solution” will allow “car owners to take advantage of a variety of services, including remotely starting the engine or checking the status of a car with a smartphone”.
Fujitsu Ten – which makes automotive electronic equipment, including car navigation and audio systems – said it had chosen the Telenor Connexion solution in anticipation of future developments in the connected-car market.
In that respect, the company says it is focused on providing support for driving safety, advanced car telematics systems and the development of more efficient commercial vehicles.
“Telenor Connexion provides an innovative and scalable connectivity solution which will be an integral part of the deployment of our products in the automotive sector,” said Yoshinari Shiraishi, the executive chief engineer at Fujitsu Ten.
News of the deal comes amid a flurry of activity in the connected-car market.
At last week’s CeBIT tradeshow, German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) announced a partnership with BMW (Munich, Germany) that will see WiFi connectivity introduced into vehicles provided by Sixt (Pullach, Germany), Germany’s largest car-rentals company.
Vodafone (Newbury, UK), meanwhile, has teamed up with management services company Towers Watson (New York City, NY, USA) to provide usage-based insurance services as part of its connected-car offer.
According to a recent report from Pyramid Research, the telematics sector will represent the largest revenue opportunity for cellular-based M2M companies this year, driven by regulatory initiatives in various parts of the world as well as the “very strong position of cellular technology compared with alternatives such as satellite”.