Fueling Connected Cars from the Automotive Industry

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Automotive OEMs need to start with Sierra to offer new services and smart, flexible wireless solutions the fuel connected cars with applications that enhance the driving experience and create new revenue opportunities.

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Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity is transforming the relationship between automakers and drivers

For more than 100 years, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have had to rely on studies and surveys to understand how vehicle owners used their cars after driving off the dealer’s lot. Now, connected cars are “moving IoT sensors”, providing vast amounts of data about performance, maintenance, driver behavior and more.

Analysts project that by 2018, up to 30 million of the new vehicles manufactured each year will be equipped with embedded cellular communication.

With the expansion of high-speed cellular networks, OEMs can bring more sophisticated software and services to the vehicle. From geo-fencing applications that tie digital services to real-time locations, to in-car infotainment systems, to predictive analytics and safety services, new innovations are driving the automotive industry to embrace the power of the Internet of Things. Automotive OEMs can capitalize on the IoT to:

  • Increase brand loyalty through deeper insights and closer relationships with customers
  • Continually refine and improve their vehicles, and build better cars in the future
  • Gain a competitive edge by safely extending the compelling Internet services that customers use in other areas of their lives to the hours they spend on the road
  • Deliver new high-value services such as stolen vehicle tracking, emergency assistance, remote entry, usage-based insurance (UBI) and many others

As more OEMs embrace “Big Data” analytics to utilize the massive information generated by the IoT, connected cars will fuel new ecosystems of applications that enhance the driving experience and create new revenue opportunities. With its ubiquitous reach, proven reliability, and low deployment and maintenance costs, cellular communications provides the ideal connectivity platform for the connected car. Sierra Wireless can help OEMs build a new generation of wireless automotive solutions.

We are the market leader in automotive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, with more than a decade of experience and more than 10 million automotive-grade wireless modules shipped worldwide. From intelligent embedded modules to cloud platforms to expert professional services and more, we provide complete device-to-cloud IoT solutions. We can help OEMs build secure, reliable and cost-effective connected car solutions and bring them to market faster.

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Building the Connected Car

To capitalize on IoT ecosystem growth and offer new services, automotive OEMs need smart, flexible wireless solutions. They need connected car technologies with enough intelligence at the edge to support a range of applications and which are easy to update and expand. And they need complete, pre-integrated telematics solutions backed by end-to-end cloud platforms for remote management and Big Data analytics. 

Sierra Wireless’ Legato embedded application platform makes it easy to build, run, and connect new automotive IoT services. With a Linux-based application environment, broad support from the open-source community and a full development sandbox, Legato is helping automakers and their partners develop innovative solutions and fuel new business ecosystems. They can deploy new connected car applications faster and more easily, and continually add services over time through software updates, instead of having to replace hardware deployed in the field.

Sierra Wireless has been helping automotive OEMs build secure, highly reliable wireless solutions for more than a decade. We provide:

  • Automotive-Grade Embedded Solutions: AirPrime Modules are designed from the ground up to meet the automotive industry’s toughest specifications and deliver high quality and long life spans under the hood. These solutions are manufactured in an ISO/TS 16949-compliant facility. They are simple to integrate, easy to program, secure and scalable from 2G to 4G. And they are supported by easy-to-use development tools, software suites and expert automotive specialists to speed solutions to market and reduce total product costs.
  • Cloud and Connectivity Services: Our cloud services provide the simplest and most scalable way to securely retrieve, store, analyze, and integrate data to build new value in IoT automotive applications. They accelerate time-to-market, reduce risk, and lower deployment and maintenance costs with over-the-air monitoring and upgrades of cellular IoT devices.
  • Faster Time to Market: Our pre-certified wireless solutions, expert automotive professional services, and strong relationships with the world’s leading wireless carriers accelerate network certification and integration. We help customers develop and scale new connected car solutions in months instead of years to enter new markets faster.


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