Preparing for a connected future

There will be more than 22.3 million connected cars on the roads by the end of the year, according to Frost & Sullivan. That is up from 17.8 million last year.

It said that, as a result, OEMs can no longer wait for regulation to encourage innovation and must instead form visionary partnerships with tech companies and new start-ups.

This will be the topic of discussion at Frost & Sullivan’s Intelligent Mobility event in London on 29 June, when a panel debate, ‘Future of Connectivity,’ will unite experts from different players and with varying approaches within the connectivity field.

Highlights will be the contributions of Thomas Schmidt, managing director, TomTom Telematics, who will speak about the opportunities behind Data as a Service (DaaS) in an evolving ecosystem and Martin Hunt, automotive industry practice lead, BT Global Services.

Niranjan Thiyagarajan, Frost & Sullivan principal consultant, said, ‘Automakers understand that today’s customer expects a connected value proposition both inside and outside the car. Partnerships and collaborations are required to bring down walls and open doors to create a link between the car and the external environment.’

Beyond the panel on the future of connectivity, Intelligent Mobility will bring together industry experts on Mega Trends, autonomous business models, corporate mobility, integrated transport solutions as well as new mobility concepts. The conference will be complemented by a debate at the House of Lords and the Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Awards Banquet, a black tie evening and gala dinner.

Meanwhile, attendees will also be able to test drive the Tesla Model S.