Automobile manufacturers that have integrated telematics into their vehicles can utilise Wi-Fi and generate significant revenue for a number of use cases, including predictive maintenance and repairs, as well as over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
These new use cases and more are detailed in the latest whitepaper from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA): The Connected Vehicle: Understanding the Wi-Fi Opportunities and Use Cases.
The lucrative use cases available combine non-ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage and the over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware capabilities already found in connected vehicles today. Additionally, the white paper suggests case studies that take advantage of Wi-Fi roaming concepts that leverage multiple radio access technologies (RATs). These scenarios, which already are used for smartphones, can easily translate into use cases for connected vehicles.
“The connected vehicle market will experience explosive growth over the next few years, and Wi-Fi plays a significant role in creating key monetisation opportunities, while also enhancing and improving vehicle maintenance and driver safety for connected cars,” said Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager, WBA.
“While much of the focus today is given to how 5G will impact connected cars, we want to reinforce the message that Wi-Fi is here now, and it is capable of supporting connected vehicle use cases today.”