Volvo Car Group will use Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud in order to allow drivers, passengers and the car to connect to services available in the cloud. Drivers and passengers will be able to access applications for information, navigation, and entertainment from a screen in the car.
At the same time, Volvo Cars will be able to open parts of the platform to other players in the eco-system of the automotive industry. Among the applications set to be available from content providers are internet radio and music channels, navigation services, as well as direct links to toll operators and local road authorities.
As part of the partnership, Ericsson will perform systems integration of the solution with Volvo Car Group IS/IT environments and in-vehicle systems. Ericsson will also provide managed services for a global cloud solution with a secure connection between the vehicle and all players in the value chain and in the ecosystem.
The companies said in a media statement that Volvo’s expertise in driver behavior and traffic safety measurements, along with Ericsson’s consulting, system integration and managed services expertise from mobile communication solutions, will be used to define and select future services to be supported by the platform, keeping in mind the driver’s priority on the traffic situation.
Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, says: “We clearly see that cars in the near future will integrate the same level of digital services that consumers today are used to have in their homes or at work. This is a strategically important part of Volvo’s investments for the future where we intend to take a leading position.”
Kerssemakers continues: “Ericsson is a perfect partner for Volvo Car Group, bringing extensive experience and global business acumen to the table. On top of this both companies share the same ambition to develop industry leading solutions in line with our shared vision of the future based on a networked society.”
The Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud is based on the Multiservice Delivery Platform in Service Enablement which has been deployed by more than 100 service providers on five continents to date, some of the world’s largest mobile network operators, banks and media companies.