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At Mobile Word Congress 2017 (MWC) in Barcelona, networking supplier Ericsson has announced the launch of its Connected Vehicle Marketplace to disseminate connected vehicle technology around the car industry.
The marketplace sits within Ericsson’s existing Connected Vehicle Cloud and, the company hopes, will allow carmakers to grow an ecosystem of digital services around their vehicles.
“Empowering innovation is crucial for Ericsson, and is an essential part of the successful future for not only the automotive industry, but also a whole host of others,” said Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm.
“We are committed to enabling the right mix of connectivity, security and ideas across all industries, and today’s launch of Connected Vehicle Marketplace for the automotive industry is just one example of this.”
The marketplace will offer carmakers a controlled and secure environment to put various digital services into their cars, fully controlling the inclusion of third-party digital services.
It will feature application programming interfaces (APIs) for, among other things, telematics data, regulated data sharing, partner management, and charging and billing systems.
Up to now, there has been no real way for carmakers to share data effectively with third-party developers, but Ericsson hopes it will drive them to include more connected features in their offerings, as well as entice new innovators to develop connected car services.
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Ericsson teamed up with Scania to launch the service, with the Sweden-based lorry and bus builder introducing Scania One, an open customer platform to give fleet owners, drivers and their customers access to services that improve efficiency and productivity, and reduce carbon footprints. Scania One is built on the Connected Vehicle Marketplace.
“Compared to many other industries, the transport industry is making rapid progress in digitalisation,” says Henrik Henriksson, president and CEO at Scania. “However, we cannot make this shift alone and this is a great example of the kind of partnership that moves both our industries forward. Now we are taking some serious steps translating the partnership into real business for us, with bottom-line impact for our customers.”