Ericsson helps Volvo to get its cars into the cloud

News Rene Millman Dec 18, 2012

New partnership sees in-car apps connect to cloud services

Ericsson has teamed up with Volvo to put cloud-connected apps into Volvo’s range of cars.

Passengers and drivers will be able to access a range of applications for information, navigation, and entertainment from a screen mounted in the dashboard.

Users will be able to download applications, create an on-line service booking and interact with partners through the Connected Vehicle Cloud built on Ericsson's Service Enablement Platform.

Volvo will be able to open parts of the platform to other players in the eco-system of the automotive industry, too. The car manufacturer will also partner with internet radio providers, road authorities, city governments, toll-road operators and others.

The partnership will see Ericsson acting as systems integrator for Volvo’s IS/IT environments and in-vehicle systems. Ericsson will also provide managed services for a global cloud with a secure connection between the vehicle and all partners in the ecosystem.

Volvo will provide expertise in driver behaviour and traffic safety measurements, while Ericsson’s consulting, system integration and managed services expertise from mobile communication, will be used to define and select future services to be supported by the platform.

“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,” said Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president of product strategy and vehicle line management at Volvo.

Per Borgklint, head of business unit support systems at Ericsson said that the partnership was “evidence of the transformation across our entire society as we move into the Networked Society.”

He added: “Drivers want services that technology makes possible, in real time and in the context that fits them personally. Our skills in System Integration and Service Enablement will match Volvo's strategy."

Connected car services will roll out in all new Volvo cars before the companies sell the technology to other manufacturers in the market.

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